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Tip: How to Easily Delete Accidentally Highlighted Text in iBooks (iPhone & iPad Tip)

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I love using iBooks to read books on the iPad & iPhone, but there is one feature that can be annoying: highlighting text. You see, iBooks lets you highlight text simply by dragging your finger over it. The problem is, this often leads to accidentally highlighting the text when turning pages or casually touching the screen. To make matters worse, trying to delete those highlights can have the comically opposite effect of creating even more highlights. There is an easy solution to removing the highlighting. Below is a quick way to delete those highlights.

Video Instructions:

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Tap the Table of Contents button at the top left:

Table of Contents button in iBooks

2. Tap Notes:

Tap Notes button in iBooks

3. Swipe the note, then tap Delete:

4. Tap Resume in the top left:

Tap Resume button in iBooks

And that’s it. You’ll be taken right back to where you left off reading, and the highlighting will be deleted from the text.

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  1. Catherine Z says:

    Thanks for this frustration-reducing tip!
    I used it for a couple of days (on my very first iPhone & smart phone of any kind),
    Then just now ***accidentally*** discovered an even simpler way,
    so I’ll return the favor: just tap quickly anywhere on the yellow highlighted text and pop-up options appears allowing you to delete the highlighting right on the original page (whoohoo!) Just tap on the red circle icon in that pop-up. Thanks again for reducing my sheer frustration with unwanted highlighting!

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