How to?

Table of Contents

Starting out

Step 1.

Go to this link and download the latest version of the extension from the Chrome Store.

Once the extension has downloaded from the store, click on the extension's icon which can be found in Chrome's top-right side and open the app.

Step 2.

Start typing in the words, phrases, or anything that you are looking for on a website.

Watch out, because by default the minimum number of characters that one can search for is 2 (it is possible to disable this setting - see).

Step 3.

As you are typing in your query, a colored bar is popping up. That bar randomly generated a color that your query will get.
However, if you would like to change that color, drag that white button and start sliding it to the left or right.

Step 4.

Once you finished choosing the right color for your query, press your Enter key on your keyboard to push that search term and to let the extension start it's mission.
Note: The extension will work on every open tab that your browser has.

Query Removal

One simple click!

If you decide to not to search for a specific query anymore, you'd only have to click on that box in which your query is located in.

In case you'd like to delete more of them, don't rush, go one by one or potentially you can delete all by clicking on one of the icons located in the "Advanced Features" window - see purge

Basic View

1. View Mode

You can make available the Advanced Features window where you have more possibilities for customizing the extension to your need.

2. Query not found alert

This notification can appear in two ways. One way is when you load a page and the extension could not find one or more queries on that particular website. It show's the number of queries that do not exist/could not be found and the queries themselves.

The other way is when you're searching for something directly and it could not find, it is like an instant alert.
The default setting for this option is 'Yes'

3. Query found alert

This notification can appear in two ways as well. One way is when you load a page and the extension could find one or more queries on that particular website

It shows the number of queries that do not exist/could not be found and the queries themselves. The other way is when you're searching for something directly and it could not find, it is like an instant notification.
The default setting for this option is 'Yes'

4. Minimum 2 character limit

Finding 1 character queries can be an overwhelming task for your computer (imagine how many single letters are in a webpage, like thousands). This option serves as a block to potentially remove slow actions and freezes. However, if you wish to search for a single letter, symbol, number. You can easily disable it by clicking the 'No' button.
The default setting for this option is 'Yes'

5. Navigation bar (jump to result)

With this feature, you are able to jump to any of the found queries and focus them on your screen (it scrolls automatically there, if needed). By turning it on, two navigation buttons and one text box will appear right above your main query input. With the Arrow Up and Arrow Down buttons on your keyboard, you can achieve the same result as by clicking the pop-up window.

As the instruction says in the extension, if you right click on any of the already-existing queries, the word navigator will push that query into it's own textbox. After this, the feature is ready to be used on any website. To change your current word, do the same right-click on the other query.
Alternatively, you can empty the navigator's text box from it's current query by right-clicking anywhere within HIGHLIGHTY's window a. Use the arrows to navigate up or down.
Attention: the navigator may find queries which are hidden behind dropdown elements.
The default setting for this option is 'No'

Advanced Features (Full view)

6. Case sensitivity

By enabling this setting, the extension will only search the exact form (from a letter case point of view) of the query. If you've typed in "Great", it will only find the words matching "Great", but not "GREAT", etc.
However, this way you can search for the same word in different form, multiple times with different colors.
The default setting for this option is 'No'

7. Diacritic sensitivity

This is also a setting which aims to enhance accuracy. If you wish to find specific words which have special letters like "ö, ú, è, ē, ä", turn this option on.
You can also search for the same query, with and without diacritics, but it will result in 2 different queries.
The default setting for this option is 'No'

8. Split search

If "Separate phrase search" is turned on, HIGHLIGHTY will start matching results for phrases (with multiple words, symbols separated by space) which are not necessarily located next to each other, but they can be found anywhere.
The default setting for this option is 'No'

9. Complete word search

This way your query will be searched not only as a whole, but as a part in other words. For example if your query is "bro", HIGHLIGHTY will color all those parts in any word that has "bro" in it. See the video for examples
The default setting for this option is 'No'

10. Saved query lists

HIGHLIGHTY is not only able to save your last modifications or your queries, but it also can save 2 of them! You can switch between these query lists anytime. If you choose the "empty preset", start typing in your queries, however, watch out because you'd have to click on the floppy icon to save it first.

Once it's saved, the list name will be "saved preset" and from here, everything is saved by itself, at each query modification (adding, deleting). If you wish to get rid of all the queries you have in the particular list is chosen (main preset, saved preset), then click on the trashbin. It's deleting only the content of one list, but not both.

"Empty list" is set as default

11. Allowed websites (whitelist)

This settings serves as a limiter. If you wish to run Highlighty on one, two or three websites, there's this option for achieving that. It was not made to accept only websites per se, but you can filter on anything that a link contains. However, generally I'd suggest to include the whole domain of the website you want to limit it's reach.

If there's one website in this list, it will only and exclusively function on that website, no others. If you fill all 3, then HIGHLIGHTY will work only on those ones. To save the websites, press enter after you finished typing the domain. If you would like to delete one of the entries, you should click on the X located in the right end of the box.

Refresh Page Button

Attention: you'd have to refresh all the open pages in your chrome browser to activate the new changes made in certain settings (whitelist, switch toggle) , but no worries, a new button will appear on the top of the menu box and let you know when you have to do that.
Just click on the red colored text and wait until all your websites will reload.

If you don't wish to reload all your open Chrome tabs, you can cancel this notification and refresh by yourself one-by-one.

Note: new settings will not be active unless all the pages are reloaded.

Switching off

It's as simple as it can get.

If you would like to turn off the app, there's the switch button under the name of the extension. *Activating it on the websites requires a refresh.

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