Curly braces, \, and * appear in the document

Symptoms

Curly braces and other characters appear in the text or headers and footers.

Visible field codes

Cause

Field codes (field: A set of codes that instructs Microsoft Word to insert text, graphics, page numbers, and other material into a document automatically. For example, the DATE field inserts the current date.), instead of field results (field results: Text or graphics inserted in a document when Microsoft Word carries out a field's instructions. When you print the document or hide field codes, the field results replace the field codes.), are visible.

Resolution

Display the field results instead of the field codes.

Display the field results throughout the document

  • Press ALT+F9.

To switch back to displaying the field codes, press ALT+F9 again.

Display the field results for a particular field code

  1. Click within the field.
  2. Press SHIFT+F9.

To switch back to displaying the field codes, press SHIFT+F9 again.

 
 
Applies to:
Word 2010, Word 2007