Only the active document shows hidden text after you configure Word Options to show hidden text when two documents are open in Word


Symptoms


Consider the following scenario. Two documents are open in Microsoft Office Word 2003 or in Microsoft Office Word 2007. Both documents contain hidden text. You move to one document so that this document is the active document. Then, you configure the option to show hidden text. In this scenario, only the active document shows hidden text. These symptoms also occur when you configure options to show other formatting marks.

Note The options to show formatting marks are in Word Options.

Cause


This behavior occurs because the options to show formatting marks are document-specific options.

Workaround


To work around this behavior, configure the option in the other document to show hidden text.

Word 2007

To show formatting marks in a Word 2007 document, follow these steps:
  1. Open or move to the document that contains the formatting marks that you want to show.
  2. Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Word Options.
  3. Click Display.
  4. Under Always show these formatting marks on the screen, click to select the check boxes for the formatting marks that you want Word 2007 to show.
  5. Click OK to close the Word Options dialog box.

Word 2003

To show formatting marks in a Word 2003 document, follow these steps:
  1. Open or move to the document that contains the formatting marks that you want to show.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the View tab.
  3. Under Formatting marks, click to select the check boxes for the formatting marks that you want Word 2003 to show.
  4. Click OK to close the Word Options dialog box.