If your Word 2013 document has a lot of weird symbols that you aren’t able to delete, you might be wondering if there is something wrong. Fortunately these symbols are only visible because you have enabled an option that allows them to be seen. Technically these symbols are always present in the document, but Word hides them because they can create confusion.
Our guide below will show you the setting that you need to disable in order to hide these marks from appearing in your document. If you find later that you need to see the formatting marks to help you with some advanced layout issues, you can always re-enable it then.
How to Hide the Weird Symbols in My Word 2013 Document
The steps below will assume that paragraph marks and other formatting symbols are currently visible in your Word document. These symbols are meant to aid in advanced layout tasks, and are not included when you print your document.
Step 1: Open your document in Word 2013.
Step 2: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the Show/Hide button in the Paragraph section of the ribbon.
The symbols should no longer be visible in your document.
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