Turn the display of formatting marks on or off

The Show/Hide Paragraph Show / Hide button in Word button turns hidden characters like spaces, paragraph markers, or tab marks on and off.

You can set them to always show:

  1. Go to File > Options > Display.

  2. Under Always show these formatting marks on the screen, select the check box for each formatting mark that you always want to display regardless if the Show/Hide Paragraph Show / Hide button in Word button is turned on or off. Clear any check boxes for ones you don't want always displayed.

    Always show or hide formatting symbols

  1. Go to File > Help > Options > Display.

  2. Under Always show these formatting marks on the screen, select the check box for each formatting mark that you always want to display regardless if the Show/Hide Paragraph Show / Hide button in Word button is turned on or off. Clear any check boxes for ones you don't want always displayed.

    Always show or hide formatting symbols

  1. Go to Word > Preferences > View.

  2. Under Show Non-Printing Characters, select the check box for each formatting mark that you always want to display regardless if the Show/Hide Paragraph Show / Hide button in Word button is turned on or off. Clear any check boxes for ones you don't want always displayed.

    Non printing character settings

Need more help?

Expand your skills
Explore Training
Get new features first
Join Microsoft Insiders

Was this information helpful?

What affected your experience?

Thank you for your feedback!

×