A dot appears where a space is expected in Word

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SYMPTOMS
When you type text in a Microsoft Word document, a dot may unexpectedly appear when you press the SPACEBAR.

Dots instead of spaces may also appear in text that was previously entered.
CAUSE
This problem may occur if the view option to show spaces is turned on. The dot is a formatting mark that represents a space.
RESOLUTION
To hide the formatting marks for spaces, follow these steps:
  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the View tab.
  2. Under Formatting marks, click to clear the Spaces check box.

    Note If the Spaces check box is clear and the All check box is selected, click to clear the All check box.
  3. Click OK.
The formatting marks no longer appear.
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Article ID: 328164 - Last Review: 12/07/2015 12:21:46 - Revision: 2.2

Microsoft Office Word 2003, Microsoft Word 2002 Standard Edition, Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition

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