Displaying hidden formatting
Word has many formatting symbols which are not immediately obvious and are hidden from view by default.
The following formatting options have no visibility unless the ¶ button is selected:
Soft and Hard carriage returns
Basically, any formatting that's not applied to text directly...
While your typing your document, generally the pilcrow (¶) shouldn't be enabled by default. However, you can enable this view to check what formatting is in use on a pre-existing document so you can replicate it or modify it. As well as to see clearer where you are entering hidden formatting yourself.
How to use Show/Hide - ¶
Here we have a standard document before the Pilcrow is enabled:
For instance, in the example above there are several types of breaks used in the text, which are totally invisible to us at this stage. To enable the "show hidden formatting symbols" you can click this button found in the Home tab:
Once the pilcrow ¶ button has been enabled the page should look like this:
As you can see, there are now hidden formatting symbols shown. There are also extra lines mentioning both a section break and page break which were invisible before.
Here is a table of symbols and their meanings:
Display tab characters as arrows.
Display spaces between words as dots.
Display the ends of paragraphs where a carriage return (Enter key) has been used with the paragraph symbol.
Display a dotted line under text that is formatted as hidden.
Display hyphens that indicate where to divide a word at the end of a line. Optional hyphens are not printed unless a word actually breaks at the end of a line. When a word breaks at the end of the line, the optional hyphen is printed as a regular hyphen.
Display object anchors, which indicate that an object is attached to a specific paragraph.
Control where a word or phrase breaks if it falls at the end of a line. If you use Word with an East Asian language, this option prevents the incorrect breaking of text. This option is available only if an East Asian language is enabled for editing text.