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Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by janalynn, Jan 11, 2006.

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  1. janalynn

    janalynn Thread Starter

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    I am ashamed to admit i have done some silly thing to my Word program and cannot find the right command to fix it. Somehow I have made it so that every space between words has a dot, every line space has a paragraph symbol, et al. It is very annoying and hard to read thru. When I print out the document these place symbols are not there. They are just on the screen.

    How do I get the Word program reset to the normal way of text writing??

    thank you very very much

    Janalynn
     
  2. bomb #21

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    CTRL+Shift+*
     
  3. Cyps

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    You will see a Paragraph icon on on the Toolbar. It looks like a mirrored capital P. Click on it to clear your text of all that stuff. Click on it again and all the stuff comes back. You get the idea?
     
  4. letchworth

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    I'm sure you get the point--- that's a "feature" in WORD (and most other word-processors). I forget what M$Word calls them- but many use terms like "View- Non-printing characters". These are characters used for formatting and tell you such things as, "There is a place-holder between letters"-- or, "A tab has been used instead of several letter place-holders." (You can't always tell the difference and when formatting is critical- the Non-Printing characters let you know exactly what is there).

    good luck,
    letchworth
     
  5. bomb #21

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    According to Help ("What's This?" style) it's the "Show All" button. The official name is "pilcrow" IIRC, CTRL+Shift+* is the equivalent keyboard shortcut to clicking it, and it's a toggle. I posted it cos I thought more recent versions of Office progs had a habit of hiding seldom-used stuff -- of course that could just be me talking rubbish. :D
     
  6. loony_taz00

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    lol, I had that problem ended up uninstalling then reinstalling Word
     
  7. seamanken

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    you have the show formatting button on simply Click on the backwards p on your toolbar should solve the problem
     
  8. janalynn

    janalynn Thread Starter

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    It took more than a minute, because I have a bilingual household and we run the Dutch version of Windows--and not all buttons/toggles/ dropdown menu's are as self explanatory as they are in English (at least to me.) After playing hide and seek for a bit I did find the big P and low and behold, the clutter in Word is gone!!! Thank you so very much! I knew it had to be some simple thing but sometimes running a bilingual rig is just THAT bit more complicated.

    Dear Loony--I am so glad I did not have to reinstall or there would be a Looney II!:D

    Thanks again all

    J.
     
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