Hidden characters in MS Word go by several different names. Non-printing Characters, Formatting Marks, Special Characters, and more. For our purposes, and for this article, we'll refer to them as hidden characters.
Most of the time, you won't need (or want) hidden characters displayed in your Word document. They can appear jumbled or cluttered and can make it difficult to read the text being typed.
However, if you are dealing with formatting issues and can't fix the issue, displaying hidden characters might just help.
If you'd like, you can go into MS Word settings (via Word Options --> Display) and select exactly which characters are displayed in your documents (see below):
Or, you can turn on ALL hidden characters directly from the MS Word Ribbon. Under the "home" tab look for the special character icon / radio button.
See GIF video below for an example:
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