I love the search feature in Gmail but once I find the message I seek, I hate the yellow highlight of the matched word in the message. If I search for someone’s name, it can be way over the top with tons of matches too. How can I remove the highlight?
I often take screen captures — as I did for this article — and know exactly what you’re talking about. Do a search in Google’s Gmail system and while the summary listing of messages don’t highlight the match, when you’re reading a specific message, the occurrence or occurrences of the matching word, phrase or pattern are displayed with a subtle yellow background highlight. I’m not a fan.
You can turn it off, but it’s not obvious how to do that because, by my way of thinking, it’s been added to the wrong menu. Then again, it’s Google and while the team’s great at building big scale tools, their user interfaces quite often leave something to be desired. And sometimes, it’s far worse than that. 🙂
Okay, enough sniping, right? Let’s get down to it.
I’ll search for “reset” in my Gmail account:
There are a lot of messages that contain “reset”, no surprise.
I’ll click on one and you can see the highlighting, whether it’s in the subject, the body, against a blue background, etc:
Useful but just possibly over the top.
The logical place (to me) for the remove highlight option to be located is on the menu hidden under the “reply” arrow on the top right of the message. Click on it, though, and there’s no joy:
Well, heck. So where is it?
Turns out that it’s on the “More” menu at the very top of the screen:
Maybe that’s logical to you, but every time I want to find that feature, I look and look before I remember where it is.
Once “Turn off highlighting” is selected, however, at least things become what I’d hope:
Much better! 🙂
And now you know. The “turn off highlighting” feature is there, you just have to find the correct menu!
And if you aren’t seeing it on the menu it’s because Gmail thinks that there aren’t any highlights being displayed from a Gmail search…