Highlight words or phrases in a Document using a list from a Spreadsheet!
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Overview
For writers, you can highlight character names, place names, cliched phrases, overused words, filler words, sense-filtering words, swear words, etc.

* Basic mode for highlighting something quick and easy.

* Advanced mode for detailed configuration of your highlighting and search parameters. Highlight from a word list, highlight selections, highlight continuously as you type, highlight sentences by length! Clear highlights from doc or selection!

* Robust stats viewer for word count, word frequency, list of all sentences, and readability statistics.

* 100% free, no in-app purchases, no ads, no analytics tracking.  Created for writers, by a writer.

Quick Start Guide

1 -- Create a Spreadsheet with a word list in a column.

2 -- Create a Document with text to highlight.

3 -- Open this Add-on in the Document by going to the "Add-ons" menu and selecting "Writer's Highlighter" then "Start".

4 -- Copy your spreadsheet's link (address/URL) and paste it into the first box.

5 -- Select the sheet and column where your word list is located.

6 -- Configure the highlight settings as you wish.  The preview at the bottom shows how it will look.

7 -- Hover over the [?]'s for help.

8 -- Run the highlighter with the 'Highlight!' button.  

Alternatively, click the 'Highlight selection' button to manually highlight the text you select with your mouse, or use the 'Highlight sentences' button to highlight your sentences based on their length.
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See, edit, create, and delete all your Google Docs documents
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Thomas Rosebrough
January 5, 2024
Exactly what I needed!! Thank you for making this!
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Hannah Michelle
January 20, 2023
It doesnt work??? The "USE" button is dulled out. Any advice?? I really need this for my thesis.
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Van Tran
July 3, 2021
This is amazing and super helpful. Thank you for your hard work. Highly Recommend. Could you please add a new feature that support an additional column in the sheet, that would show suggested replacement word behind the highlighted word. A new button to remove all highlighted words also very useful. Thanks.
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Stevie Collier
February 8, 2021
I love this app. It's really disappointing to see people giving it a 1 star for minor inconveniences. This is one person coding and giving us all a gift. Just goes to show you that there are some entitled people out there who lack self-awareness and awareness of the generosity of others. I speak for all us intelligent, kind, and appreciative authors when I say Thank you. Even if this doesn't work, you still tried to share. Sorry for the rant, I was just getting really ticked off with the reviews lol Thanks again
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Belinda O'Connor
March 2, 2021
You just saved me soooo much time - I have literally hundreds of pages to review and hand over to my manager with key terms highlighted! I can only really get basic mode working (I'm getting an error on Advanced - its telling me to enter a hex code for the colour even when there is one there) but that is more than doing what I need. Thanks again so much!
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Motzie Dapul
December 9, 2020
The side bar says "Drive Refused to Connect." I am using it on Google Chrome. I'm using Writer's Highlighter with a work Google account that's not my default; maybe the add-on is trying to connect to my personal Google Drive? Idk it's my first time using it and I really need help cause otherwise this is as good as useless to me.
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James Edward
September 25, 2020
Totally broken; won't load google sheet anymore...looks like an awesome tool and almost totally unique, so frustrating. Would love to see and use a working version.
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A User of Writer's Highlighter
April 3, 2020
It's great... when it works. I'm trying to highlight one word-- ONE WORD-- throughout my document, and the highlights suddenly disappeared. Try to re-highlight, time-out error, no can do. The interface is also not particularly intuitive; it's difficult to figure out how to use it.
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A User of Writer's Highlighter
January 24, 2019
I love this add-on! I have five columns in a spreadsheet with anywhere from dozens to hundreds of words in each column. I can save preferences for each column -- highlight color, match type, case sensitive, wildcards, or regex. I have different types of words in each column (one of possible style guide errors, another of cliches, and so on) and use a different color for each type. I can see which highlights are high priority and which just need a glance. The one caveat with this is if you have any formatting in the document, it's best to make a copy of the document and run the highlighter on the copy. If it finds a word in a selection in bold, when it highlights, the word is not in bold anymore, as an example.
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A User of Writer's Highlighter
December 31, 2019
Thanks for this. Obviously you've put in some serious hours on this project. I am intrigued by this application and its functionality has triggered a number of ideas... are you still actively involved with this?
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