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How to display/show or hide field codes in Word document?

Word insert field codes automatically when users use particular commands, and field codes are hidden by default. This tutorial will show you how to display and hide field codes in Word.

Display or hide field codes in Word 2003

Display or hide field codes in Word 2007/2010/2013

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Step 1: click Tools menu > click Options

Step 2: click View tab, check the Field codes in Show group to display the field codes in document.


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Step 1: in Word 2007, click Office icon word07-officeicon , and then click Word Options;

in Word 2010/2013, click File tab word10-filetab , and then click Options.

Step 2: click Advanced, and then check Show field codes instead of their values to display field code in document.


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1. Please apply this utility by clicking Enterprise > Display Settings. See screenshot:

2. In Display Setting dialog, check Field Codes box, then click Close. All field codes in current document are displayed. See screenshot:

For more information, please visit: quickly show field codes in Word.


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    Markus · 2 months ago
    Great help, thanks so much!
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    MAYANK · 6 months ago
    I open word file in word 2013 is open accurately but I open same file in word 2016 some field codes is scattered or not converted in field values.
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    Laurie · 9 months ago
    Once I have saved my document with field codes showing in gray, I send it to another user. They cannot see the grayed fields without using the Advanced formatting. I don't want users to have to do this. Is there a solution to keep my formatting when someone else opens the file? Thanks.
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    Dan · 1 years ago
    Thank you! Somehow, I activated this function to show codes instead of values, and I could not figure out how to de-activate it. Your simple solution worked.
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    stephanie · 1 years ago
    In Word 2007 I cannot show the field code of an image linked to the document the same way as in word 2003
    { INCLUDE PICTURE "../images/phot1.png" \MERGEFORMAT \d}
    Impossible to toggle from the value to the field code (Alt F9 doesn't function). Impossible to have a relative path.
    Thank you