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How to turn off or show hide formatting marks or characters in Outlook?

You might see there are a lot of special symbols appearing on your text body when composing an email message. They’re formatting marks. Sometimes you are fed up with these visible marks and want to turn them off or just hide them. What should you do? With this tutorial, turning off or hiding formatting marks won’t be a problem anymore.

Temporally show hide formatting marks or characters in Outlook

Permanently turn off formatting marks or characters in Outlook

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arrow blue right bubble Temporally show hide formatting marks or characters in Outlook

You can temporally hide formatting marks as follows.

1. Go to Format Text tab in the new email dialog, and then click on the Show/Hide button in the Paragraph group. See screenshot:

2. After clicking the Show/Hide button, all formatting marks are disappeared from the email body.

Notes:

1. If you want to show all formatting marks, please click the Show/Hide button again.

2. The Show/Hide button won’t work if the following formatting marks boxes are checked. See screenshot:


arrow blue right bubble Permanently turn off formatting marks or characters in Outlook

If you want to permanently turn off all the formatting marks, you can do it as follows.

1. In the new composing message window, click File > Options. See screenshot:

2. In the Outlook Options dialog, click Mail in the left section, and then click Editor Options… under Compose messages in the right section.

3. When the Editor Options dialog pops up, click Display in the left section. In the right section and under Always show these formatting marks on the screen, uncheck all boxes, and then click OK twice to finish the whole setting.

4. Now when you open the new email composing dialog, the formatting marks won’t appear anymore.


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    Hossam El-Deen · 8 months ago
    GOT IT!!
    File > Options > Mail > Stationery and Fonts > (Under New mail messegaes) Font... > uncheck (Hidden).

    go to your mail, New Email, if you still find the paragraph mark still enabled, uncheck it, then close message, open New Email again and thank me later :D
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      Ahmet · 9 days ago
      It worked, you are the best <3 <3 <3
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      Agni · 6 months ago
      Thanks man,
      It's easy and done.
      I'm posting this with screenshots for easy understanding
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    bhamini · 2 years ago
    These users are right. I was barely able to turn off in new email but the reply for every different email from different persons as soon as I start typing it shows off the backward "P."
    Please assist.
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    Monica · 4 years ago
    I've tried this several times and the formatting marks still appear in new emails.
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      LaDonna · 2 years ago
      Well, fourth time is not a charm. Went back in. None of the options for unchecking formatting appears anymore. I am seeing the show/hide feature. This is maddening!!
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      LaDonna · 2 years ago
      This is my third comment, so hopefully this works this time. Go Options, Mail, change format to rich text, then select Editor Options. In the box that states, "Always show these formatting marks on screen", make sure that "Show All Formatting Marks" is unchecked. I hope this works. The formatting marks showed up for me after I changed my signature. It is like everything went haywire!
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      Kim · 2 years ago
      I got as far as "Editor Options." There is no "Display," to click on in the left section . I read through whatever showed up on the screen. Nothing I looked through what was applicable to what I needed! Also, extendoffice.com needs to remove information boxes to the right that gets in the way of reading instructions. G, f, Tweet, Print and + are in the way on the left side of the page unless we want to continue to use the scroll up and down arrow to the right which takes us away from focusing on what we are reading. Sooo, I guess, even if I was able to get to the rest of their instructions, I would have been stuck in the same place the both of you complained about. Monica, Alain, are we stupid, or are the instructions not accurate!
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      Alain Paul · 2 years ago
      I have the same issue. And no matter what I do, I unchecked all boxes but the Pilcrow characters, every time I start a new email or reply. I can turn it off for each session, but who ever created this problem where it wont turn off. I want to kill the person who made this problem.
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        Stephen · 2 years ago
        This solution worked for me in Outlook 2010:


        compose new email => format text => paragraph => asian typography => options => display tab => uncheck all boxes


        Hope it helps.
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          Rob · 2 months ago
          This procedure works with "Arabic Typesetting" too

          (In my Outlook 2010 installation, not exist the "asian typography")