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WORD suddenly full of Paragraph Symbols!

by mujilakama / January 11, 2007 8:55 AM PST

I have Word 2000. I am using Windows XP Home.

I just cut and pasted some text into a Word document from a web page - and then suddenly A L L my Word documents have a funny symbol (I discovered it is a "pargraph" symbol) at the start of pretty much each line of each document! Help! I do not know how this change occurred - and I need to undo it.

Could someone advise me on how to undo this change?
Thank you very much!

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How to correct it
by asasso / January 11, 2007 7:12 PM PST

Its easy to fix this. Have a look at the standard toolbar on the top of the page, and see if you can find the paragraph show/hide button. You might have to expand the toolbar, just scroll down to add/remove buttons. Once you have it, just click on it and it should turn off. hope this helps.

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got it
by mujilakama / January 12, 2007 12:13 AM PST
In reply to: How to correct it

Thank you. I finally found it. (I never use any of those icons up there on that toolbar - and so I didn't realize that there was a drop-down list where I could Add/Remove and so on.) Actually, once I unselected "paragraph" on the dropdown menu list, the paragraph mark still remained in my documents...only after several tries I was able to get it to disappear (once I accidentally came across a Hide button).

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Re: paragraph marks in Word
by Kees Bakker / January 11, 2007 10:34 PM PST

Or do it in Tools>Options>View (that's Word XP, might be different in 2003). It has checkboxes where you can specify what non-printable character you want to see on the screen (like tabs, spaces and paragraph marks).

No need, in my opinion, to customize the taskbar to show an icon for a one-time task like this (correcting the settings).

Hope this helps.


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thank you
by mujilakama / January 12, 2007 12:15 AM PST

Thank you. I finally found it.
I appreciate the help.

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