In addition to standard characters of text and punctuation documents also contain lots of invisible characters. For example, when you hit the space bar, that space is considered an invisible character. It’s on the page, but it’s just represented by empty space. There are times when it can be very valuable to actually see these invisible or nonprinting characters. In this movie, we'll turn on nonprinting characters and clarify how to read them.
- [Voiceover] Forgive me for stating the obvious here.…Documents are generally composed of text characters,…like letters and punctuation.…But they also contain lots of invisible characters.…For example when you hit the space bar,…that space is considered to be an invisible character.…It's on the page but it's represented by empty space.…And there are times when it could be very valuable…to actually see these invisible or non printing characters.…So, to make non printing characters visible,…we're gonna go to the Home Ribbon…and we're looking for this little button…that sort of looks like a backwards P.…
If I click on that, it's gonna turn on…the non printing characters.…So now we have some really interesting…information on the page.…And two of these things really stand out immediately.…The dots that I see here in between individual words,…those represent spaces or when I hit the space bar.…And then this symbol that looks like a little backwards P,…that represents a new paragraph…or when I hit the return key.…So think about what this does for you.…
Note: These tutorials apply to both the Windows and Mac versions of Word 2016.
- Setting default font and saving location for new documents
- Replacing text automatically
- Working with hyperlinks
- Viewing word and character counts
- Customizing your dictionary
- Locking documents