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I'm trying to highlight text within an image in OneNote 2010. It works okay, but if I need to highlight a whole line it tends to take a few tries, and even then it comes out looking sloppy.

Is there any way to "freeze" the vertical access so I just highlight a straight line? Holding ⇧Shift doesn't seem to work.

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As I can read on the Microsoft OneNote forums, it is not possible to use the highlighter to make a straight line, but you can instead use the pen tool when you turn on the Lock Drawing Mode in the Insert Shapes section of the Draw tab in OneNote 2010.

Then you can just draw a straight line by holding the Shift key and dragging with your mouse.

ps. Deselect Snap to Grid (like shown in the picture) for your line never to snap to some imaginary grid and go above or below your desired location.


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The answer above is half correct... Just adjust the line thickness and colour to yellow. Then when you hold "Shift" you will "Highlight" over the selected image text.

Just remember to adjust the line thickness as Headers tend to be larger than paragraph text!

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I found a neet way of highlighting in OneNote by downloading a small piece of software called DragLock, which does exactly what it should, i.e. locks the vertical movement of the mouse while pressing the alt (or any other) key. When you want to highlight a sentence, just select the highlight pen, press and hold "alt" and highlight the line - as the vertical movement of the mouse is locked, you will be able to draw a straigh line. Very useful.

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Laptops with Synaptics ClickPad (Synaptics Pointing Device) have this capability directly in device options Pointing > Pointing Enhancements > Constrained Motion. – miroxlav Jun 30 '15 at 18:58

I managed a straight highlighted line by making a very short line that was very straight. Then I deselected the pen tool, clicked on the short highlighted line, which makes a selection box around it, and dragged the right end of the box to make the line as long as I liked. It remained perfectly straight.

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