Formatting in Microsoft Word can be a little frustrating to work with, especially if you are working on a document that you did not create yourself. But there are some features of Word that can cause frustration that are not related to formatting. One of these features is called smart paragraph selection. It is enabled in Word 2013 by default, and it affects the way that you select paragraphs in your document.
If you are experiencing odd behaviors in Word when you are trying to re-position paragraphs, or when you are trying to completely delete them, then you might want to try turning off the smart paragraph selection setting. Our guide below will show you where to find it.
Disabling Smart Paragraph Selection in Microsoft Word
The steps in this guide were performed in Microsoft Word 2013. These steps assume that smart paragraph selection is currently enabled in your version of Word, and that you would like to turn it off. Once you have completed this tutorial Word will no longer include the paragraph symbol when you select an entire paragraph. This can affect the way that formatting is applied, as well as whether or not an empty space remains in your document after cutting or deleting a paragraph.
Step 1: Open Word 2013.
Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
Step 3: Click the Options button at the bottom of the column on the left side of the window.
Step 4: Click the Advanced tab in the left column of the Word Options window.
Step 5: Uncheck the box to the left of Use smart paragraph selection. You can then click the OK button at the bottom of the window to apply your changes.
Would you like to copy formatting from part of your document to a different part of it? Learn about the Format Painter tool in Word and see how it can be used as a helpful way to quickly apply formatting changes to your document.
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