Join Tony Harmer for an in-depth discussion in this video Nonprinting characters, part of Creating EPUBs from a Word Document.
- [Voiceover] It can be really useful to see the invisibles, also known more correctly as non-printing characters in your document such as I'm viewing just here. It's really easy to toggle them on and off, all you need to do is locate the pilcrow button, and it's here in the Home ribbon on Word on the PC. You see, if I tap that on and off it will show me those characters in my document. So let's have a look at a few of those we've got here.
The pilcrow itself, this one that I'm selecting just now, this there, that shows the end of a paragraph, and you can see here where there are two consecutive returns. So, one of those would need to go. Of course, if you want to space things between paragraphs, then what you should do, of course, is use a bit of space after. These small interpunct dots, just here, would need to go also, some people create indents using rows of those, and so they'd actually need to go, they can cause problems, you can see the other little spaces just there in between words, as you'd expect, they're fine, you can keep those, and then tabs, if I just drop down to this line here, and drop in a tab, and we just convert that across to a tab like so, you can see there's a small arrow just there, representing a tab, and tabs also need to go, they're not represented in HTML at all.
So, those things need to be cleaned out. All things that can cause problems later on in the conversion process. So, if I swap out to Word on the Mac, you can see a similar deal just here. In the ribbon across the top of the screen there's the pilcrow character, and if I click that, then it again, it will show me the non-printing characters. They are much smaller on the Macintosh, much harder to see just there. The pilcrows themselves, they're actually kind of okay cause they're highlighted in blue, but the thing that is very, very difficult to see, and I'm just gonna zoom in a little bit just so you can hopefully see that these small dots for the spaces, they're really tiny on the Macintosh, so you can see them, but they're gray and very small so you have to work a little bit harder doing that and I really don't know why that is.
And again, you can see the little straight right-pointing arrow there for the tab character. So there you are, that's how you can see visually the non-printing characters in Word.
- Avoiding redundant formatting
- Formatting new or existing Word documents
- Adding a book cover
- Understanding how images work in EPUBs
- Adding bookmarks and links
- Converting footnotes and endnotes
- Exporting to HTML on Mac and on Windows