# 26  Colored text, highlights and boxes

Colored text in Beamer is produced using the standard LaTeX `\textcolor` command, as in:

```\textcolor{blue}{This text is in blue}
```

Remark: The command `\structure{This is colored text}` may be used to draw the specified text in the presentation’s structure color. See Direct use of the structure color for details.

Text background color is set using the `\colorbox` command:

```\colorbox{yellow}{This text is highlighted in yellow}
```

You may combine various color and font elements to achieve interesting results. For example:

```\colorbox{yellow}{
\textcolor{red}{
\textbf{
Bold text in red, highlighted in yellow
}
}
}
```

To enclose text in a bordered box:

```    \fcolorbox{red}{yellow}{A yellow box with red border}
```

The border’s thickness is controlled by the LaTeX variable `\fboxrule`. Let’s set the border’s thickness to 4 points:

```\setlength{\fboxrule}{4pt}
\fcolorbox{red}{white}{A white box with a red border of thickness 4 points}
```

The separation between the border and the enclosed object is controlled by the LaTeX variable `\fboxsep`. Let’s set the separation to zero:

```\setlength{\fboxrule}{4pt}
\setlength{\fboxsep}{0pt}
\fcolorbox{red}{white}{A white box with a red border and separation of 0 points}```

Also see UMBC boxes for fancier boxes that may contain text or math.