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Today I’m going to show you two buttons in MS Word you might not have noticed. They are both related to formatting.
The first is the “Show/Hide ¶” button. It’s on the Home tab and looks like a paragraph symbol. The button acts like a toggle to show the formatting marks (like when you have pressed the space bar or enter). Formatting marks are non-printing characters, so you can leave this button turned on at all times, if you prefer. The knowledge of what is going on behind the scenes is very helpful if you can’t get your formatting to line up the way you want it to. Open up one of your longer documents (e.g. a syllabus) and turn on this button. Leave it on so that you can try the next one I’m going to show you.
The second is the “Page Break” button. It’s on the Insert Tab. When you press that button it inserts a behind-the-scenes formatting mark (that you can see if you have the first button I mentioned pressed) that forces the following text to a new page. If you have ever tried pressing Enter repeatedly to force text to a new page, you understand the hazards of that method. By the way, if you’re a keyboard fanatic like I am, the shortcut key for this is Ctrl+Enter.
Hopefully these new buttons will change your life.