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Paragraph Basics in Word 2010
Paragraph Basics in Word 2010
When you think of the word paragraph , is a block of text the first thing that comes to mind?
Actually, the paragraph mark at the end of a paragraph is the primary component—the
text is secondary. It’s the paragraph mark (¶) that holds formatting information, such as
the style, alignment, and indents. When it comes to formatting and editing documents, the
more you understand the role of the paragraph mark, the more control you will have over
your Word documents.
Each time you press Enter after a character, heading, graphic, table, chart, list item, or any
other element, you create a paragraph. If you press Enter to create a blank “line” between
paragraphs, you insert a paragraph mark and create what is considered an empty
paragraph because it does not contain text or any other element. You can display paragraph
marks (along with other hidden text) in your documents by clicking Show/ Hide on the
Home tab, in the Paragraph group, shown here.
Show/Hide tool
Figure 11-1 illustrates the concept of various paragraph elements in Word. Notice the
paragraph mark after each bulleted list item, each paragraph of, each heading, and the empty
paragraph toward the top of the page.
Figure 11-1 In Word, any content followed by a paragraph mark is considered a paragraph,
even if it does not contain content.
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