How to Hide Formatting Marks in Word 2010

Your Microsoft Word 2010 document includes a lot of information behind the scenes that dictates how elements appear within that document. You can choose to show that information by enabling an option that will display formatting marks. However, these marks can be difficult to work with if you are unfamiliar with them, so you might decide that editing a document is simpler when they are hidden.

Fortunately you can hide those formatting marks by changing a setting in Word 2010. You can also go into the Word Options menu to turn off any formatting marks that had previously been configured to display on their own.


Here is how to stop formatting marks from appearing in a Word 2010 document –

  1. Open Word 2010.
  2. Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
  3. Click the Show/Hide button in the Paragraph section of the ribbon.

These steps are also shown below with pictures –

Step 1: Open Microsoft Word 2010.


Step 2: Click the Home tab above the ribbon.

click the home tab



Step 3: Click the Show/Hide button in the Paragraph section of the ribbon.

hide formatting marks



If there are still some formatting marks showing, then you will need to change the formatting mark setting in another location.

Step 4: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

click the file tab



Step 5: Click Options in the column at the left side of the window. This is going to open a new window called Word Options.

open word options



Step 6: Click the Display tab in the left column of the Word Options window.

click the display tab



Step 7: Uncheck each option in the Always show these formatting marks on the screen section. You can then click the OK button at the bottom of the window to save and apply your changes.

uncheck any other formatting marks that are enabled



Are you trying to copy and paste from a different location on your computer, such as a Web browser, or a different document, but the font is wrong, or the wrong color? Learn how to paste into Word 2010 without formatting and save yourself some time and frustration. newsletter
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