Is there any way that i can select some words to be highlighted and their instances as well. This feature i especially used when viewing log files in Notepad++

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    When you select a word, its occurrences are already highlighted. Or do you mean "select" them?
    – slhck
    Sep 3, 2013 at 6:16
  • I just want to highlight them then move on with the cursor. Used to assist in viewing logs. Selection is sepearate Sep 4, 2013 at 15:35
  • How do you mean "move on with the cursor"?
    – ruffin
    Apr 27, 2017 at 22:35

3 Answers 3


Here are some useful key combos for selecting words in Sublime Text.

CtrlG - selects all occurrences of the current word (AltF3 on Windows/Linux)

D - selects the next instance of the current word if it is already selected, otherwise selects the current word (CtrlD)

  • K,D - skips the current instance and goes on to select the next one (CtrlK,CtrlD)
  • U - "soft undo", moves back to the previous selection (CtrlU)

E, H - uses the current selection as the "Find" field in Find and Replace (CtrlE,CtrlH)

If you start with an empty selection, D and CtrlG will search by whole words automatically. If you start with a non-empty selection, it will search for any instance of the text (disregarding word boundaries).

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    I just want to highlight them then move on with the cursor. Used to assist in viewing logs. Selection is separate Sep 6, 2013 at 14:53
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    Agree. I don't need to select them all. Just want to double click to select a word then all occurrences are highlighted to help quickly examining the document. How hard is that? After 2 years seems that this one is still not fully implemented.
    – Jim Raynor
    Feb 14, 2016 at 16:01
  • @JimRaynor You can do that if "Highlight matches" is turned off in search. (Came here hoping to find a way to have both highlight at the same time. Looks like this might do it.)
    – ruffin
    Apr 27, 2017 at 22:29

It's possible, but just through the Find tool:

  1. select the desired word (double-click on it; or click on it and press D)
  2. open the Find tool (with F) and ensure Hightlight matches is selected
  3. navigate through the word instances (with G / ShiftG)

Or, as mentioned already, WordHighlight plugin would fit your specific need.

The native way is not as straightforward & fast as with the plug-in, but it's pretty fast anyway; with the benefit of not having the multiple highlighting always happening regardless you want it or not.

And double-click + F is fast enough for me 😉


Install this package in sublime text


Add this content in the preferences -> package settings -> WordHighlight -> Settings User

"color_scope_name": "comment",
"case_sensitive": false,
"draw_outlined": true,

"mark_occurrences_on_gutter" : true,
// valid types: dot, circle, bookmark and cross
"icon_type_on_gutter" : "dot",

"highlight_delay": 0,
"highlight_when_selection_is_empty": false,
"highlight_word_under_cursor_when_selection_is_empty": false,
"highlight_non_word_characters": true,

"file_size_limit": 4194304,
"when_file_size_limit_search_this_num_of_characters": 20000

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