Understand the Show All markers in Word

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Here are the major marks Microsoft Word displays with the Show All option on. 

Paragraph Mark, the symbol is called a Pilcrow.  It’s the symbol used for the ‘Show All’ button on the Home tab.

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Line Breakangled arrow pointing left. 

Tab, a right pointing arrow 

Space, a dot in the middle of the line 

Hidden Textdots under the text. 

Optional hyphenline with bend at end. 

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Breaks 

The different types of breaks in Word get labelled except the Text Wrapping break. 

Column Break and Page Break 

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Page Break 

Whether it’s a manual paragraph setting or style setting, a page break appears as finely dotted line when Show All is on. 

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No text explains that the dotted line is a page break, let alone what causes the page break.  You need to check the direct paragraph or style to find the cause. 

 Section Breaks 

Section Breaks are hidden divisions between parts of a document. They can be continuous or force a new page, a new Even numbered page or a new Odd numbered page. 

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