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Writer's Highlighter
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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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
June 5, 2019
This feature has been added as of May 31, 2019, just click "Basic Mode" at the top.
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
June 5, 2019
This Add-on highlights words in Google Docs. In Advanced mode, it uses a spreadsheet as the source for the word list. In Basic Mode (added May 31, 2019), you can also enter words directly inside the Add-on.
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
June 5, 2019
This feature has been added as of May 31, 2019, just click "Basic Mode" at the top. If you want to do this in Advanced mode and have a word list in a spreadsheet, you can use the "Rainbow Mode" checkbox and specify some colors, but it's a bit more complicated than Basic Mode.
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 5, 2019
To Avrila: just hit the "Save Settings" button each time you change a column and then change its highlighting settings. Settings are stored (and loaded automatically) for each unique combination of a spreadsheet file + sheet name + column letter. That is to say, you can save settings separately for any columns and the Add-on will remember them when you switch back to that column.
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
June 5, 2019
This Add-on was initially designed for advanced users who are experienced with word processing. Last month I added a "Basic Mode" for people who "want to highlight something fast and easy".
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