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Turn off formatting character display

Posted on 2006-07-15
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Hi:

We hit some combination of characters in Outlook 2003.  The result is that formatting characters are displaying (like the paragraph and returns).  How do we turn this off?

Thanks in advance for help.
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David Lee earned 50 total points
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Greetings, bkort1.

You must be using Word as your email editor.  That's always a bad idea.  Here's how to correct it:

1.  Open Word.
2.  Click Tools->Options
3.  Click the View tab
4.  Uncheck all the boxes under "Formatting marks"

Cheers!
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Hi bkort1,

It may take a bit of getting used to it, but in my opinion, if you are using Word, you are much better off seeing the
formatting characters than not.

Note to David: is the general consensus here that one should not use Word as the default email editor?  I almost
always use Word, and I cannot think of any significant issues that arose as a result...

Regards,

Patrick
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Patrick,

I don't know if it's the general consensus or not.  There are several of us who consistently recommend against using Word as your editor, but I don't know that we constitute a majority opinion.  I do know that it seems to cause a lot of problems depending on what you're doing.  Word tinkers with HTML formatting, adds a ton of extra code to messages making them larger than the same message created with the Outlook editor, causes problems with macros, causes problems with signatures and images, etc.  Not all of these occur all the time. but a fair number of issues I see here are solved simply by switching from Word to Outlook as the editor.  I know there are a lot of benefits to using Word as your editor.  It's just that in my experience the benefits are offset by the potential problems.

-- David  

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Hi:

Thanks for the answer.  It got us looking in the right directions.  We were using Word as our editor (unbeknownst to us).  We actually had to turn it off in Outlook in Tools/Options.  Also, it seems to have been enabled with some set of inadvertent keystrokes.  Anyway, they aren't visible anymore.

Thanks.
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