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Showing/Hiding Non-printing Characters

Non-printing characters indicate where you ended a paragraph, pressed spacebar.gif, or pressed tab.gif (Figure 3.8). You can show or hide non-printing characters as you work on a Word document. Being able to see non-printing characters is especially helpful when you're trying to locate multiple tab characters where only one should be or when you're looking for errant punctuation, such as blank paragraphs or extra spaces. See Table 3.2 for a complete list of non-printing characters.

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Figure 3.8 When displayed, non-printing characters are a faint gray.

Table 3.2. Non-printing Characters

Symbol

Character

U22C5.GIF(dot)

Space

tab1.gif

Tab

linebreak.gif

Line break (new line, same paragraph)

endofparagraph.gif

End of paragraph

To show/hide non-printing characters

  • Click the Show/Hide ¶ icon on the Standard toolbar (Figure 3.9).
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    Figure 3.9 The Show/Hide ¶ icon is the paragraph symbol.

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