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How to see/show a hidden text in a Word document


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To show a hidden text in the document, do one of the following:

  • To show all formatting marks in the document, not only a hidden text, click on the Show/Hide ¶ button (or press Ctrl+* or Ctrl+Shift+8):
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So, you will see a lot of different formatting marks, including a hidden text (see How to show/hide nonprintable symbols in a Word document for more details):

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  • To show only hidden text in the document, do the following:   1.   On the File tab, click the Options button:
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       2.   In the Word Options dialog box, open the Display tab and then check the Hidden text option:

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The hidden text in the document will be shown with a dotted underline:

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Note: Even if you see a hidden text in the Word document, you can have a problem with printing this hidden text. See How to print a hidden text in a Word document.



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