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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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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
June 21, 2018
this add on was way to hard and frustrating to use I would not recommend this add on to people if they want to highlight something fast and easy
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A User of Writer's Highlighter
May 1, 2019
Interesting add-on! It works, but it highlights all terms with the same color. It would be great to do a non sheet-based version. Where you just put in 1 term, and highlight that term 1 color, then the next term a different color.
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A User of Writer's Highlighter
May 23, 2019
I need an add-on that works automatically without pasting the url
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A User of Writer's Highlighter
May 21, 2019
I was hoping that I could use this in a Google doc and not just a spreadsheet.
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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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Anthony Torneo
April 16, 2021
WOW VERY COOL!!!
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Bluewolf 1942
May 11, 2021
This was amazing and super helpful for me as I write scripts on google docs to send to my voice actors so this came in handy for highlighting all the character names! Very helpful! Would Recommend!
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Jmeelee C
September 29, 2020
The “Whole Words Only” setting does not seem to work. I have it checked but it is still highlighting partial words (example: I was it to highlight “is” and it highlights “his”
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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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