When a text form field is clicked in by the user, the field is highlighted in blue.
How can the blue highlighting be disabled?
You can modify the field shading, similar to as detailed here, or as below for Word 2007: http://word.tips.net/T000554_Controlling_Field_Shading.html
- Choose Options from the Tools menu. Word displays the Options dialog box.
- Make sure the View tab is selected. (See image)
- Using the Field Shading drop-down list, specify how you want Word to handle field shading.
- Click on OK.
There are three options you can specify in step 3. The default is When Selected, which simply means that the field is shaded when it is selected or you place the insertion point within the field. If you set the option to Never, then fields are never shaded, and (conversely) Always specifies that they are always shaded.
For Word 2007:
Note: When the field shading option is set to When selected, the field displays a gray background when you click within the field. However, the gray shading does not indicate that the field is selected. When you select the field by double-clicking or dragging the mouse, highlighting that indicates selection is added to the gray shading.
In Word 2016 you can CTRL A to select all text, then click Styles under the home tab and then click remove formatting and that pesky pale highlight should disappear. Hope this works for you.