Are you seeing strange symbols in your Microsoft Word document, but you can’t seem to delete them or, if you do delete them, it reconfigures your document in a way that you don’t want? The strange symbols you are seeing are actually formatting marks, and they indicate things like paragraphs and bulleted lists.
Fortunately you are able to stop those formatting marks from appearing if you either don’t want them there, or if you don’t need them. So follow the short guide below to see where to locate the setting that controls the display of formatting marks in Word 2013.
How to Stop Showing Weird Symbols in Word Documents
The steps in this article assume that you are currently seeing paragraph symbols and other similar formatting marks in your document, and that you would like to remove them from view. Some of the symbols you might be seeing are shown in the picture below.
Note that following the steps below are only going to hide these formatting marks. They are still technically there, you just won’t be able to see them.
Step 1: Open the document containing the formatting marks that you wish to hide.
Step 2: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the Show/Hide button in the Paragraph section of the ribbon. After clicking that button, the formatting marks should disappear.
Does your document contain a lot of formatting that you want to remove, but you are finding it to be difficult or tedious? Learn about the Clear Formatting tool in Word 2013 that can help you remove a lot of formatting options from your text at once.