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

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2014-02-14

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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Amazing!!! Thank you, hossameldeen821@gmail.com!!
To remove formatting marks in Outlook replies...File > Options > Mail > Stationery and Fonts > (Under New mail messages) 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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Thank you, only site that gave the correct information on how to permanently enable formatting marks in Outlook!
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how do I get rid of the ">" symbol at the beginning of every sentence in a forwarded email?
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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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Thanks Hossam, nice pick up of a dropped ball
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Thanks Hossam. worked !
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It worked, you are the best <3 <3 <3
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Thanks man,
It's easy and done.
I'm posting this with screenshots for easy understanding
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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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