Hide Paragraph Marks in Outlook 2007

Another strange thing happened when I upgraded from MS Office 2003 to 2007. When I compose an email, paragraph marks show up all over the page. I find them very distracting and not particularly useful. (I used to use them back when WordPerfect was the dominant word processor, but that was because it sometimes helped to “reveal codes” in WordPerfect if the formatting of the page was going screwy — which it often did.)

Anyway, to get rid of these codes, open a new message and click on the Office orb (the circular thingy at the top left of the page that used to be the “File” menu). Click on the “Editor Options” button on the bottom right. Click on “Display”. From there you should be able to toggle the paragraph marker settings off.

81 thoughts on “Hide Paragraph Marks in Outlook 2007

  1. Mike

    CTRL+SHIFT+*
    you have to use the * on main keyboard, not the numeric. I tell people it is CTRL+SHIFT+8 and they fix it

  2. Monty

    When I Click on the “Editor Options” button on the bottom right. Click on “Display”. From there you should be able to toggle the paragraph marker settings off. The next new email created it come back ? Any other suggestions

  3. Jules

    The paragraph markers became active in an email I was drafting after I copied text from another source and added the open quote before the text. Something in the formatting of the original copied text in combination with the open quote caused the activation of the paragraph markers. Thanks for the tip on how to turn it off!

  4. James

    I copied a table into an Email and all of al sudden the paragraph marks showed up all over the place. They are very annoying. Thank you for your steps to remove them.
    They are gone – for now.

  5. HD Geo

    These tricks work. But on just one user in my office, it keeps coming back again and again, no matter how many different ways we turn it off.

    Even tried deleting and reloading the local mail profile. Also tried the trick of going into C:\Users\(user)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates and deleting the .dotm files. Still comes back every time.

    Haven’t seen any posts from anyone with that wrinkle.

    Anybody know how to turn it off permanently and make it stick?

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