## LaTeX forum ⇒ General ⇒ How to highlight a full line not just the text area

LaTeX specific issues not fitting into one of the other forums of this category.
SkyEye
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### How to highlight a full line not just the text area

I'm quite new to LaTeX and LaTeX-Community has been a great help for the project report I'm working on. Thank you!

With my new found love on LaTeX I tried to do a different document which requires certain lines to be highlighted (up to the margin) with perhaps a different text color also. I've tried a few packages such as soul and xcolor for this purpose. I can get a text area highlighted, but it's not the whole line.

I'm thinking one of these could work
Fill the rest of the line with spaces
Use a table with one raw

I don't like the table way much, so I was thinking is there a better way to do this?

Any support on doing this using any method would be highly appreciated. I've attached a file which is what I'd like to achieve.
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A line fully highlighted/color filled
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localghost
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Take this as an example. Pay attention to the included packages.
\documentclass[11pt,a4paper]{article}\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}\usepackage[latin1]{inputenc}\usepackage[english]{babel}\usepackage[centering,includeheadfoot,margin=2cm]{geometry}\usepackage{xcolor}\usepackage{calc,blindtext} \setlength{\parindent}{0pt} \begin{document}   \colorbox{blue}{\makebox[\textwidth-2\fboxsep][l]{\bfseries\color{white} Academic Achievements}}    \medskip   \blindtext\end{document}

If you want to highlight headings in this way, you may take a look at the titlesec package. Packages and their documentations are available on CTAN.

Best regards and welcome to the board
Thorsten¹
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¹ System: openSUSE 42.2 (Linux 4.4.52), TeX Live 2016 (vanilla), TeXworks 0.6.1

SkyEye
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Joined: Wed Sep 24, 2008 1:34 pm
This is what I was looking for. Thank you!

I've already used the packages geometry and xcolor. So I needed to include the calc and, I didn't know about \textwidth and \fboxsep either.

It's great you have a friendly forum like this, especially for new LaTeX users like me. Thanks again.