Im getting weird symbols in microsoft word how can i remove them?

March 11, 2008 at 2:23 pm 55 comments

The ¶ symbol shows exactly where the end of each paragraph is, which can be very useful. All paragraph formatting (indentation, margins, text justification) is attached to it, so accidentally deleting one can cause some mysterious formatting changes.

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  • 1. Josh  |  September 23, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    In the MS Word document,
    1. Click the Tools->Options menu item.
    2. Click the View tab.
    3. Under Formatting Marks, uncheck the option All.
    4. Click OK.

    Reply
    • 2. charan  |  October 2, 2009 at 5:10 pm

      thaquuuuu

      Reply
    • 3. Elson  |  August 3, 2011 at 5:08 am

      Nice !! ^_^d

      Reply
    • 4. BHIMSEN  |  August 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm

      Thanks,
      my problem is solved

      Reply
    • 5. kerr  |  November 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      i dont have those buttons, im working on a project that is due tomorrow, word has deleted it twice, i have put 9 hours into this project and now these symbols are showing up, please help

      Reply
  • 6. Mazhar  |  May 25, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks Josh

    Reply
  • 7. Kat  |  September 15, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    what if there isnt a View Tab option?

    Reply
  • 8. Kat  |  September 15, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    oh nevermind.. i got it..:) thanks

    Reply
  • 9. eleyas  |  October 14, 2009 at 11:21 am

    HI.. Thanks ..Its working

    Reply
  • 10. mommy2too  |  December 11, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Huge help! Thanks!

    Reply
  • 11. vamsi  |  January 9, 2010 at 11:52 am

    thank u vey much joshhhh. Its working.

    Reply
  • 12. sreshta  |  March 26, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Thanks Very much.Your suggestion helped me .

    Reply
  • 13. shivani  |  April 27, 2010 at 10:25 am

    My problem is more complicated. MS word and MS office is showing me russian language when i type on keyboard.
    abcde is showing
    фисвуапр

    I think i pressed something like ,p,f
    I dont really know, but am not able to get rid of it even after a restart. I have MS Office 2007. Please help.

    Reply
  • 14. shivani  |  April 27, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I used less than and greater than symbols

    Reply
  • 15. L  |  June 17, 2010 at 12:24 am

    thanks!

    Reply
  • 16. Emily  |  October 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    If you’re using a MAC, hold “command” and hit 8. This is just for Mac computers, just in case someone is having the same problem.

    Reply
  • 17. Emily  |  October 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    5:09 pm????? It’s 11:10 am! This site must not be Canadian time then…

    Reply
  • 18. Moppes  |  October 26, 2010 at 9:06 am

    THANKSSSSSS

    Reply
  • 19. kishore  |  February 21, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Many Thanks i got it…:)

    Reply
  • 20. John Armstrong  |  February 22, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I am having an issue in Microsoft word for mac version 2008. Seems every time I use a quotation mark I get a underline. I have to press the space bar twice to get rid of it.

    Any ideas out there?

    Thanks, john

    Reply
  • 21. ashok  |  June 22, 2011 at 10:05 am

    thanks

    Reply
    • 22. sanjiv  |  January 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      thanks..

      Reply
  • 23. dara  |  January 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks a lot.

    Reply
  • 24. tejas gajare  |  January 22, 2012 at 11:29 am

    thank uuuuuuuuuuuuu
    i ws irritated by dis allll

    Reply
  • 25. hi  |  February 12, 2012 at 7:54 am

    for windows 7:
    go to main menu->word options->display->de-select the options under the title “show formatting marks”

    Reply
    • 26. ramu  |  October 29, 2014 at 7:31 am

      thank you boss…

      Reply
  • 27. Tanush  |  April 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks boss

    Reply
  • 28. bea  |  June 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I am very frustrated as I type … I have a pen it comes as I have ´
    I can not get rid of the ‘ . I have word 2010. Can you help

    Reply
  • 29. bea  |  June 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Please help me to get rid of the ‘ symbol when a write the “a” as such I have a book.

    Reply
  • 30. Thanks  |  August 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks a ton. I was feeling so helpless.

    Reply
  • 31. Veester  |  October 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks #24! That really helped!!!

    Reply
  • 32. akay  |  November 14, 2012 at 3:22 am

    I dont have this option in my view tab… wtf

    Reply
  • 33. revathi  |  November 17, 2012 at 7:41 am

    thank u

    Reply
  • 34. tanvi  |  November 21, 2012 at 8:15 am

    thnqqqq soo muchh it solved ma prblm…. it ws really very helpful

    Reply
  • 35. sadier  |  November 26, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I have word 2007 and strange symbols show up instead of my original font I cant change it back please Help!

    Reply
  • 36. sadier  |  November 26, 2012 at 8:45 am

    formatting marks isnt selected either

    Reply
  • 37. meena  |  January 12, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I tried it.It worked.Thanks a lot!

    Reply
  • 38. Bryan  |  January 14, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Thank you, Josh! You’re the best!

    Reply
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  • 40. imwmk  |  March 19, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks man….

    Reply
  • 41. BobN  |  April 16, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Anybody know what a blue “l (or 1)-in-a-circle” in the Word options menu.

    Reply
  • 42. david  |  April 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Thanks so much!!!! I was going crazy trying to figure this out.

    On Word 2010 you just have to click on FILE, then OPTIONS, then DISPLAY, then uncheck “Show all formatting marks”.

    Reply
    • 43. Liz  |  January 14, 2014 at 2:27 am

      Hi David, I am dealing with this issue for the first time with Microsoft 365. I knew how to remove the “Show All Characters” in the older versions of Word. Thanks so much for figuring out the answer and putting it up in an easy-to-follow way.

      Reply
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  • 51. Carolyne  |  December 10, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    how about a document full of this: ¬ Only shows when “show characters” is on, and is always in the middle of a word

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  • 52. Amit  |  June 12, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Ctrl + Shift + *

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  • 53. Tanya  |  July 22, 2014 at 9:56 am

    My friend has word 2003 and where we have our letterhead it gives the symbols % ^ ( & $ # ) ( * how can we fix this??? Please help

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