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How to show or hide field codes in Word documents?

Author: Amanda Li Last Modified: 2024-07-16

Field codes in Word documents are placeholders for data that can change, such as dates, page numbers, or references. While field codes can be helpful for dynamic content, there may be times when you need to display or hide them to simplify the document's appearance or for editing purposes.

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to display or hide field codes in Word:

Display or hide field codes in Word

Display or hide field codes in Word 2003

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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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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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After you have Kutools for Word installed, you can quickly show or hide field codes 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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Can Kutools display more of the field codes, that are not displayed by Microsoft Word's Alt+F9?

I would like to see the field codes for auto-numbered lists. I know that Microsoft Word does not treat them in this way and that I can't view them but presumably they must be generated by some sort of markup language that I can't see (even using Alt+F9).
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Hi, I switched off "show field codes" in Word option but when I convert to PDF it is showing again. How to switch off in PDF as well?
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Thank you very much, I have been looking for this answer a long time ago, I was getting crazy about this issue: no formulas, no table of content, etc. By the way, it work in Word 2016 as well, that's my case
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Hi, My word document shows the following codes. Can anyone help me to recover it back.

Thanks

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