# Changing background color of text in Latex

How can I make change a text background in LaTeX? For example using Latex code

\textsc{Extra Curricular Achievements}\


I get

However, I want the background of this heading to be changed so that it looks like this:-

I want the background to be extended to the right upto line break. Please ignore the underline in the previous image. Thanks.

I prefer using tcolorbox thinking that in future you may want the background to be fashionable. I have given many options (which are not needed for this particular case) in the tcbset so that you can play with them to suit your needs.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[most]{tcolorbox}

\tcbset{
frame code={}
center title,
left=0pt,
right=0pt,
top=0pt,
bottom=0pt,
colback=gray!70,
colframe=white,
width=\dimexpr\textwidth\relax,
enlarge left by=0mm,
boxsep=5pt,
arc=0pt,outer arc=0pt,
}

\begin{document}
\begin{tcolorbox}
\textsc{Extra Curricular Achievements}
\end{tcolorbox}
\end{document}


Here is another option using framed package.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{framed}
\begin{document}
\noindent\textsc{Extra Curricular Achievements}
\end{document}


Without extra packages:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\begin{document}
{\parbox{\dimexpr\textwidth-2\fboxsep\relax}{\textsc{Extra Curricular Achievements}}}

\end{document}


And convert it in to a macro:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{xcolor}
{\parbox{\dimexpr\textwidth-2\fboxsep\relax}{#1}}}
\begin{document}
\mybox{\textsc{Extra Curricular Achievements}}

\end{document}

• Thanks .. btw using the tcbset approach, what can be done to remove the surrouding box . – sairajat Oct 7 '13 at 8:14
• @sairajat Sorry which box? I don't follow. – user11232 Oct 7 '13 at 10:37
• the surrounding purple colored box . sorry for late reply. did it myself . Thanks anyways .. :) – sairajat Oct 13 '13 at 5:30
• @sairajat Never mind. That is my style of putting a picture on this site. If you run my code, you won't get it :-) – user11232 Oct 13 '13 at 13:47

I know this question has been answered very extensively. But not what I wanted or thought was the question based on the title. Therefore if others get in here looking for a possibility for colouring behind a word than this snippet is much easier:

\colorbox{blue!30}{blue}

or

\textcolor{blue!30}{blue}

resulting in:

This is possible by only adding \usepackage{xcolor}. Just some extra info :)

Colour Several Lines It is correct that the above methods does not work for several lines, if you to be more than one line you can do:

{\color{green} the text you want to write}

This can however also be wrapped in a function so it is easier to use several places during edits, e.g., for colouring new text or whatever:

\newcommand{\added}[1]{{\color{green}[added]:#1}}

• text inside \colorbox can not be split into several lines if it is too long. So the macro is most suited for coloring a few words. If you want to color several sentences which spread across several lines, it is better to use soul – jdhao Nov 22 '16 at 12:31
• The given link have some illustrating examples about how to use the soul package. – jdhao Nov 22 '16 at 14:18
• sorry for off-topic, but hard to resist: I like how LaTeX is not easy at all -- you need to use soul to put some colour behind some text. – xealits Jan 26 '17 at 15:34
• Exactly what I needed, no immense amount of packages, no huge newcommands, simply the colorbox. Thanks mate! – Dennis May 12 '17 at 13:33
• This example would have taken me fewer seconds to parse if you replaced the text "{blue}" with some other text. :) – CPBL Nov 9 '17 at 2:46