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Show/hide nonprinting characters

Nonprinting characters help you edit a document. They indicate the presence of various types of formatting, but they do not print with the document, even when they are displayed on the screen.

To show or hide nonprinting characters, click the Nonprinting Characters Nonprinting Characters icon at the top toolbar.

Nonprinting characters include:

Spaces Space Inserted when you press the Spacebar on the keyboard. It creates a space between characters.
Tabs Tab Inserted when you press the Tab key. It's used to advance the cursor to the next tab stop.
Paragraph marks (i.e. hard returns) Hard return Inserted when you press the Enter key. It ends a paragraph and adds a bit of space after it. It contains information about the paragraph formatting.
Line breaks (i.e. soft returns) Soft return Inserted when you use the Shift+Enter key combination. It breaks the current line and puts lines of text close together. Soft return is primarily used in titles and headings.
Nonbreaking spaces Nonbreaking space Inserted when you use the Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar key combination. It creates a space between characters which can't be used to start a new line.
Page breaks Page break Inserted when you use the Insert Page or Section Break Insert Page or Section Break icon at the top toolbar and then select the Insert Page Break option, or select the Page break before option in the right-click menu or advanced settings window.
Section breaks Section break Inserted when you use the Insert Page or Section Break Insert Page or Section Break icon at the top toolbar and then select one of the Insert Section Break submenu options (the section break indicator differs depending on which option is selected: Next Page, Continuous Page, Even Page or Odd Page).
Column breaks Column break Inserted when you use the Insert Page or Section Break Insert Page or Section Break icon at the top toolbar and then select the Insert Column Break option.
End-of-cell and end-of row markers in tables Markers in tables These markers contain formatting codes for the individual cell and row, respectively.
Small black square in the margin to the left of a paragraph Black square It indicates that at least one of the paragraph options was applied, e.g. Keep lines together, Page break before.
Anchor symbols Anchor symbol They indicate the position of floating objects (those with a wrapping style other than Inline), e.g. images, autoshapes, charts. You should select an object to make its anchor visible.
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