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How to show or hide paragraph marks in Microsoft Word

The indication for the end of a paragraph and the start of a new paragraph is the paragraph mark.

It is worth noting that paragraph marks are marks in a document that cannot be printed. They come in handy when displaying characters that are not visible in the paragraph. Word-to-word space, paragraph breaks, page breaks, tab spaces, and line breaks are only a few examples.

You can either show or hide paragraph marks in your document. In this article, we will look at different methods to use when showing or hiding paragraph marks.

  1. Using show/hide feature
  2. Configuring Word options

Method 1: Show/Hide feature

  • Open the Word document with the paragraph marks.
  • On the ribbon, click on the ‘Home’ tab.
  • Under the paragraph section, click the Show/Hide button.
  • Now you will be able to see paragraph marks and other hidden formatting symbols.

Method 2: Configuring Word options

  • Open the Word document with the paragraph marks.
  • On the ribbon, go to the ‘File’ tab.
  • Word will display the backstage view.
  • From it, scroll to ‘Options’ at the bottom of the list.
  • A Word Options dialog box will pop up.
  • On your left, select ‘Display’ from the list.
  • Word will display another list of specifications.
  • Go to the ‘Always show these formatting marks on the screen’ area.
  • Check the box next to ‘Paragraph marks.’
  • Click OK.
  • Now, all the paragraph marks in the document are visible.

Note: Once you have done this, method one (Using the Show/Hide button) will not hide the paragraph marks. If you want to use the Show/Hide shortcut, you will have to go back to the Word Options dialog box and uncheck ‘Paragraph marks.’

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