Format text to improve Word documents. Learn how to change the font, change font size, change font color, and change text alignment.

To reveal formatting marks:

  • Click the Show/Hide button on the Standard toolbar.


  • Select the Reveal Formatting Menu from the task pane.
  • Check the Show all formatting marks check box at the bottom of the menu under Options.

Show and Hide Button

Show All on the Task Pane

When you select the Show/Hide button, codes for paragraph marks Paragraph Symbol, tabs Tab Symbol, and spaces . are visible in your document. If you prefer to display nonprinting characters when formatting your document, these symbols will not appear in your printed document.