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Audio course: Get to know Word: Create your first document

Paragraph marks turned on

A document showing paragraph marks, represented by the ¶ symbol, and spaces, represented by small dots between words.

Something else you might see from time to time are paragraph marks: ¶. A paragraph mark is added every time you press ENTER.

You'll only see paragraph marks in your document if formatting marks are turned on. You'll also see a small dot between each word in a document; the dots are spaces.

So don't worry if you see paragraph marks and dots, nothing is wrong.

Formatting marks are turned on and off by clicking the Show/Hide ¶ button Button image on the Standard toolbar. The advantage of turning paragraph marks on is that they show you where you have extra line spaces, or extra spaces between words. This can be very helpful if you're trying to tidy up a document.

For example, if there are too many blank lines between a paragraph, look for the extra paragraph marks and delete them, which you can do by pressing the BACKSPACE or DELETE key. If there is too much space between words and you can't figure out why, look for extra dots between words. Those are the extra spaces. Delete the extra dots by pressing BACKSPACE or DELETE and you fix the problem.

Paragraph marks and dots do not print in your documents; they are displayed only on the screen. But the extra line spaces and extra spaces between words do print.

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