Is your Word document looking a bit weird? Where once there was beautiful white nothingness, there’s now dots between words. And there’s some weird symbol at the end of every paragraph, too. What has happened? And how do you make it all go away?
Relax. This is one of the easiest tech fixes possible. In fact, you can make this problem go away with a single click of the mouse.
Make sure you’ve got the Home tab selected in Microsoft Word and then look for a symbol like the one you’re seeing at the end of every paragraph in the Paragraph section of the toolbar. We’ve circled it in the toolbar below if you’re still struggling to find it:
Click on that and it should turn off all the non-print symbols that have appeared in your document.
Why would you ever want to turn that feature on? It’s handy if you’ve got some odd hard returns in your document, normally as a result of pasting in copy from elsewhere. Turn that feature on and you can easily see where all the hard returns are, letting you remove any that shouldn’t be there.
By the way, do you ever have to edit Word documents from someone who learned to type during the days of typewriters and still insists on putting two spaces after every full-stop? You can easily remove these by pressing Ctrl+F to open the find function and then typing a double space in the search box. Now press the tiny little down arrow at the end of the search box, choose Replace and type a single space in the Replace With box. Hit Replace All and the unnecessary double spacing will be removed.
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You are fantastic, you blog helped me while I was working on a law school assignment In Canada. Thank you
thank u so much man it helped me a lot
i tried this…but once i turn it off the pages go blank and then i am unable to type anything on the screen. i am trying to fix this issue since months but every time i fail. i don’t know what is wrong with my MS word settings.
Word 365 is showing dots between words but no plicrows, whether or not I click on the pilcrow in the toolbar.
THANK YOU! 60 yrs old, This technology is alot to keep up with.
Ive done that with the p and its still there. But I have dots in between the words too. How do I get rid of
I clicked the annoying paragraph icon on the tool bar and it cleared all of them. Thanks