I'm looking for applying text highlight formatting (that's easily done within Microsoft Word) in Illustrator.
Screenshot of highlighting formatting from Microsoft Word:
I know that I can add rectangles to a new layer behind my text in order to achieve the same result. But it would be too exhausting if I've a large text within my design to play with. Also, if the text order was manipulated, it would be a mess. I'm looking for an easy smart way to do the same within Illustrator.