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How to show or hide paragraph marks in Word?

Author: Amanda Li Last Modified: 2024-07-05

Paragraph marks in Word indicate the end of a paragraph and the beginning of a new one. Whether you need to see these marks for editing purposes or prefer a cleaner view, knowing how to show or hide paragraph marks is essential.

This article will introduce several methods to easily show or hide paragraph marks in a Word document:


Show or hide paragraph marks by Show/Hide feature or shortcuts

In actual, you can quickly show or hide all paragraph marks in current Word document by Home > Show/Hide button which can show or hide all paragraph marks and hidden formatting symbols. See screenshot:

After turning on the Show/Hide toggle button, you will see the paragraph marks and all hidden formatting symbols as below screenshot shown:

Apart from the Show/Hide button, you can also press Ctrl + Shift + 8 keys together to show or hide all paragraph marks and hidden formatting symbols at ease.

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Always show paragraph marks by configuring Word option

This method will guide you to open Word Option dialog box, and then configure word option to show or hide paragraph marks in Word. Please do as follows:

1. Click File > Options to open the Word Options dialog box.

2. In the Word Options dialog box, please click Display in left bar, and then check Paragraph marks option in the Always show these formatting marks on the screen section. See screenshot:

3. Click the OK button to save the configuring.

From now on, all paragraph marks are displaying in the Word document all the time.

Notes:
(1) After checking the Paragraph marks option in the Word Options dialog box, the Home > Show/Hide button will not be able to hide paragraph marks.
(2) To hide paragraph marks in this condition, please uncheck the Paragraph marks option in the Word Options dialog box.


Show/hide paragraph marks by using Kutools for Word

Kutools for Word's Display Settings feature provides users with an easy way to show or hide paragraph marks, some other formatting marks, and document content in Word document quickly. Please do as follows:

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1. Please apply the feature by clicking Kutools Plus > Display Setting. See screenshot:
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2. In the check the Paragraph Marks option in the popping out Display Settings dialog box.

And now only the paragraph marks are displaying in the current Word documents as below screenshot shown:

Notes:
(1) After checking the Paragraph marks option in the Word Options dialog box, the Home > Show/Hide button will not be able to hide paragraph marks.
(2) To hide paragraph marks in this condition, please uncheck the Paragraph marks option in the Display Settings dialog box.

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Thanks For The Shortcut Key Ctrl+Shift+8 Is Really Work Thanks For This...
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Yes, it does work !!!! Thanks a lot
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Shift + Control + 8 worked perfectly for removing the paragraph marks! Thank you so much!
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paragraph marks appear at different locations on my document. Likely due to cutting and pasting from one word document to another. I have tried the replace option and it doesn't not work. They have to be linked to text somehow.
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"Step 1: click Office button (in Word 2010) or File tab (in Word 2010 / 2013). Step 2: click Display..." ... There is no 'Display' available under the file tab in Word 2013. You would have to select 'Options' first.
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