Word 2016 - Stubborn Gray Background (JSON pasted from Web Page)

In Word, I pasted a snippet of JSON code which (on the webpage) contained a gray background. The background carried over to the DOCX.

Gray Background Mystery
I have tried setting highlighting to white. And shading to NO COLOR. But the gray refuses to go away. I even pressed [SHIFT-F1] to see the formatting info, but nothing jumped out at me.

Scrubbed document attached.

Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAsked:
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gilnovSystems AdministratorCommented:
Delete and re-paste using paste special by clicking on the little arrow below the Paste icon in the upper left corner of the Word doc window. Select one of the text-only options (unformatted text or unformatted Unicode text).
Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
>> Scrubbed document attached.

I think you forgot to post the document
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
@GIlnov - I had tried the text-only options, but they work "too well"...I lose the font, coloring, indenting, etc. All I want to do is to lose the gray background....

Paste with Text Only
@Paul. My bad. Let me try attaching again. I could swear I had done so.... :)

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gilnovSystems AdministratorCommented:
On the home tab of Word, point at the Shading command (bucket icon) in the paragraph group and select None as the fill color.
Word Paragraph Shading commandWord Paragraph Shading command

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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Gilnov, Thank you.

Sometimes, I think Word has too many ways to do things for our own good... :)

gilnovSystems AdministratorCommented:
I agree. Glad I could help. Check out Notepad++ if you're looking for a good, free alternative to word for editing code. notepad-plus-plus.org
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
I use Notepad++.
Thing is: I had copied/pasted this code for inclusion as an example a Word Doc. So, I'm stuck with Word...like it or not. :)
gilnovSystems AdministratorCommented:
Ha! Aren't we all. Code on, my friend.
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
:) Thanks again. Actually, in all modesty, I'm not the one coding. I'm just the lowly Tech Writer crafting an API doc....although I used to be a coder.... :)
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