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Quick and dirty: click on the down pointing arrow beside the icon with a T surrounded by colour dots in the toolbar (tooltip shoxs as Font color) and a colour selection menu will appear. Choose color and type.

If a selection is active when you pick your colour, it only applies to the selection.

You can do the same for highligting colour with the ibrush-surrounded-by-colour-dots icon (tooltip shows as Highlight color).

More elaborate and recommended: play with styles

If your whole paragraph has a single colour, change "foreground" or highlight colours in Font Effects or Higlighting tabs of paragraph style definition dialog or define a new style to fit your needs.

If you need just a few words define a new character style with the appropriate colours in same tabs.

With styles, your document will always be consistent and you can change the global appearance in a snap, just by changing the style.

You are encouraged to read the chapter(s) on styles in the manual if you haven't already.

If this answer helped you, please accept it by clicking the check mark ✔ to the left and, karma permitting, upvote it. If this resolves your problem, close the question, that will help other people with the same question.

Quick and dirty: click on the down pointing arrow beside the icon with a T surrounded by colour dots in the toolbar (tooltip shoxs as Font color) and a colour selection menu will appear. Choose color and type.

If a selection is active when you pick your colour, it only applies to the selection.

You can do the same for highligting colour with the ibrush-surrounded-by-colour-dots icon (tooltip shows as Highlight color).

More elaborate and recommended: play with styles

If your whole paragraph has a single colour, change "foreground" or highlight colours in Font Effects or Higlighting tabs of paragraph style definition dialog or define a new style to fit your needs.

If you need just a few words define a new character style with the appropriate colours in same tabs.

With styles, your document will always be consistent and you can change the global appearance in a snap, just by changing the style.

You are encouraged to read the chapter(s) on styles in the manual if you haven't already.

If this answer helped you, please accept it by clicking the check mark ✔ to the left and, karma permitting, upvote it. If this resolves your problem, close the question, that will help other people with the same question.

EDIT:

Apologies, I didn't read your tags and I answered for Writer. To avoid ambiguity, prefixing the question wit Calc:, Writer: … is highly recommended.