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Seeing the unseen

Ever find yourself fighting with formatting in Microsoft Word and wishing you could see what's going on behind the scenes? Enter "Show formatting."

Recently, I had a question from a library about why their Acceptable Use Policy was formatted so funny when it displayed in MyPC. It turns out there were some characters in their .rtf document that they couldn't see in Microsoft Word, but which were causing some trouble when the MyPC software tried to interpret the document.

Here's how we fixed it:

  1. We opened the .rtf document in Microsoft Word
  2. We followed these instructions to "Show/hide formatting marks"

    Show-HideFormatting
    Formatting characters
  3. We could then see that there were some extra line breaks and paragraph marks that shouldn't have been there, and we manually deleted them.

 

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Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been struggling with this and trying to find that magical way to show these "formatting marks" which I've been calling "codes."

Thank you!!

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