How to Get Rid of the Paragraph Symbol

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How to Get Rid of the Paragraph Symbol
Professional writers use the paragraph mark to manage long passages. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

The backwards letter "P" that you see in the Microsoft Word application is called a "pilcrow." More commonly called the "paragraph symbol," it denotes the place in a document where paragraphs end. Other formatting features in a document, such as line breaks and indentation, also visually indicate where long series of sentences begin and end. However, the paragraph mark is a clear point in the document at which the composer meant to start a new train of thought. If you have no use for these paragraph markers, you can easily disable them in various versions of Microsoft Word.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open Word 2010. Select the "File" tab. Choose "Options" under the "Help" section. Click "Display." Remove the check mark from the paragraph box in the "Always Show These Formatting Marks On the Screen" section.

  2. 2

    Open Word 2007. Click the "Microsoft Office" button in the top left corner of the window. Select "Word Options" from the menu. Choose "Display." Remove the check mark from the paragraph box in the "Always Show These Formatting Marks On the Screen" section.

  3. 3

    Open Word 2003. Click "Options" on the "Tools" menu. Select the "View" tab. Clear the check mark from the "Paragraph Marks" box under the "Formatting Marks" section.

Tips and warnings

  • Alternatively, click the backwards letter "P" symbol on the toolbar to get ride of the paragraph symbol. This works for all recent versions of Microsoft Word.

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