# How to highlight important points of your text?

A while back quotation by > was done with a orange box.

The new quotation box is visually very bland. One might like that, one may not. That's fine.

I remember that highlighting questions or other stuff like that was never really encouraged. I never understood this, as I found it made a post much more readable.

I miss an easy way to highlight important parts of a question, or answer. Is there a work around, or which options could you use?

There were similar questions in the past, but as it seems they never really got answered.

• > plus ** text **, maybe. May 22 at 20:58
• Bold-face is obnoxious, especially when over-used, @VeronicaR.M. And rarely is it not overused. May 22 at 21:07
• You could try using color (although that can also be obnoxious, if not used sparingly). May 23 at 0:01
• I would like to avoid colour, because - as you said - it is pretty obnoxious. I felt like the orange boxes were fairly pleasent to the eye. Using colorued text would break it, I think. May 23 at 0:29
• Cornman I agree with your assessment, that the former text box was far superior to the grey on white text box used currently available. This would make a great question on Meta Stack Exchange, because this was an SE developer's decision to change. Don't fix what wasn't broken! May 23 at 16:45

## How about something like this?

$$\bbox[yellow,5px,border:3px solid black] { \substack{\\ \large\text{Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut} \\ \large\text{labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco} \\ \large\text{laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in} \\ \large\text{voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat } \\ \large\text{non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.}\\\\\\\\\\ \large\mathbf{\text{You can also add some math:}} \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \displaystyle\int x^2 \, \mathrm{d}x = \frac{x^3}{3} + C\\\\\\} }$$

$$\bbox[yellow,5px,border:3px solid black] { \substack{\\ \large\text{Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut} \\ \large\text{labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco} \\ \large\text{laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in} \\ \large\text{voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat } \\ \large\text{non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.}\\\\\\\\\\ \large\mathbf{\text{You can also add some math:}} \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \displaystyle\int x^2 \, \mathrm{d}x = \frac{x^3}{3} + C\\\\\\} }$$


You may also use other colours, such as orange in place of yellow:

$$\bbox[orange,5px,border:3px solid black] { \substack{\\ \large\text{Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut} \\ \large\text{labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco} \\ \large\text{laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in} \\ \large\text{voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat } \\ \large\text{non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.}\\\\\\\\\\ \large\mathbf{\text{You can also add some math:}} \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \displaystyle\int x^2 \, \mathrm{d}x = \frac{x^3}{3} + C\\\\\\} }$$

Or even a custom color with its hex color code:

$$\bbox[#ADD8E6,5px,border:3px solid black] { \substack{\\ \large\text{Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut} \\ \large\text{labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco} \\ \large\text{laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in} \\ \large\text{voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat } \\ \large\text{non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.}\\\\\\\\\\ \large\mathbf{\text{You can also add some math:}} \\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \displaystyle\int x^2 \, \mathrm{d}x = \frac{x^3}{3} + C\\\\\\} }$$

The border colour and width can also be customised.

• I find it unpleasant to the eye, but thanks for suggestion. May 26 at 20:10
• @Cornman You can also use other colours such as orange which is more pleasant to the eye. May 26 at 20:29
• I actually thought this was quite good. Sadly idk how to use this latex code... should learn.. May 27 at 8:53
• I don't think mathjax should be used for text formatting. May 29 at 7:39
• @MaoWao Well, it'd be great if SE can introduce some accessible highlighting features but in the mean time, this is a good work around. May 29 at 7:46