Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Entering Text
To Display Formatting Marks
To indicate where in a document you press the enter key or spacebar , you may i nd it helpful to display
formatting marks. A formatting mark , sometimes called a nonprinting character , is a character that Word displays
on the screen but is not visible on a printed document. For example, the paragraph mark (¶) is a formatting mark
that indicates where you press the enter key. A raised dot (·) shows where you press the spacebar . Other format-
ting marks are discussed as they appear on the screen.
Depending on settings made during previous Word sessions, your Word screen already may display formatting
marks (Figure 1– 4). The following step displays formatting marks, if they do not show already on the screen.
Home tab is
active tab
1
Show/
Hide ¶
button
selected
If the Home tab is not the active
tab, click Home on the Ribbon to
display the Home tab.
If it is not selected already, click
the Show/Hide ¶ button (Home
tab | Paragraph group) to display
formatting marks on the screen
(Figure 1– 4).
raised dot between
each word indicates
SPACEBAR has been
pressed
Paragraph group
What if I do not want formatting
marks to show on the screen?
You can hide them by clicking
the Show/Hide ¶ button (Home
tab | Paragraph group) again. It
is recommended that you display
formatting marks so that you
visually can identify when you press
the ENTER key, SPACEBAR , and other
keys associated with nonprinting
characters; therefore, most of the
document windows presented in
this topic show formatting marks.
paragraph mark at
end of line indicates
ENTER key has been
pressed
paragraph mark at
end of document
Figure 1– 4
Other Ways
1. Press CTRL + SHIFT + *
To Insert a Blank Line
In the l yer, the digital pictures of the dog appear between the headline and body copy. You will not insert
these pictures, however, until after you enter and format all text. Thus, you leave a blank line in the document as a
placeholder for the pictures. To enter a blank line in a document, press the enter key without typing any text on the
line. The following step inserts one blank line below the headline.
1
ENTER key to insert a
blank line in the document
(Figure 1– 5).
Press the
blank line
inserted
insertion
point
Figure 1–5
 
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