How to Use Non-Printing Characters in Microsoft Word

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Non-printing characters can be used in Microsoft Word by going to the "Preferences" menu under the "View" tab and selecting the tab characters, spaces, paragraph marks and hyphens to help with editing. Utilize non-printing characters in a Word document with a tutorial from a computer consultant in this free video on computer programs.

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Hi, this is Kyle Parker for Expert Village and I'm going to show you how to view and use nonprinting characters in Microsoft Word. These nonprinting characters can be found in the preferences menu of Microsoft Word under the view tab. And then as you can see all the nonprinting characters are your tab characters, spaces, paragraph marks, hyphens and any hidden text. If you go ahead and just click all, then whenever you select okay back in your document you'll see all the nonprinting characters pop up like whenever you have a return and starts a new paragraph. These little markers here which won't show up in a final print, they're just there to show all your formatting and stuff. Here you can see the very small dots in between here indicate the spaces and you can see that as you go it'll show you where your paragraphs are beginning and ending, and there was some spaces there before that paragraph and it'll reveal any weird formatting that you're noticing when working on your documents and not sure what it is that's there. By turning these on it'll make it very obvious what formatting is going on behind the document. And whenever you're done viewing that you can always just go back and check it off or you can change it. Some other interesting ones are image placeholders and text boundaries that will show up around here and indicate where your text is going to and where it will end up like if you were looking for where it's going to end when you justify you can see a nice line there and stuff. And so that's how you use nonprinting characters in Microsoft Word.

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