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Throughout the training so far, we've spoken about different types of characters that we can use in our text which we may not be able to see. For example, a Tab character or maybe a soft return--by holding down the Shift+Return on our keyboard that forces a forced line break---or even just a return character itself. We know these things exist inside of our text, but we may not be able to see it, and that may make it difficult for us to work inside of our document. We may not understand why some thing is happening and oh, we may have just discovered that maybe there were two tabs there instead of one, and maybe that's why something wasn't lining up correctly.
This is especially the case when maybe I'm copying and pasting text or I am importing text in Word, and I know that somebody else worked on that document. So it may look like a tab to me. It might really just be four to five spaces. Or maybe just want to be sure that there's really only one space and not double spaces that appear throughout your document. So the nice thing is that Illustrator does allow you to make those invisible characters visible. We refer to these characters sometimes as hidden characters. And if you want to show your hidden characters, you can open up any document, go to the Type menu, and choose Show Hidden Characters.
You can now see that certain characters will appear on the screen identifying those invisible characters. They don't actually print on a printout. They just allow you to see where these things are on the screen. For example, I am going to zoom in over here at the top of the headline over here and you can see these little boxes that appear here, which indicate spaces. This paragraph symbol here indicates a hard return. Let me scroll here down to the bottom and you can see in this text over here, if I zoom in a little bit closer, that I actually have a bent arrow here which indicates a soft return.
I can also see that there's a space that appears after the question mark before that soft return, or again, that forced line return. You will also see arrows like this pointing towards the right, which indicates a tab character. That's why I know that there are tab characters at the ends of each of these lines. Now the keyboard shortcut to turn these invisible characters on and off is Command+Option+I on the Mac or Ctrl+Alt+I on the PC. When working with a lot of text in your document, you might find it very valuable and useful to have those hidden characters turned on, so that you can troubleshoot any questions, or at least have the peace of mind to know what's there.
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