Microsoft Word/Non-printing character


QUESTION: Further to

Can you please tell me what the non-printing character represented by the eternity symbol (sideways eight) means? And can you do search and replace for it?

ANSWER: I don't think I've ever seen this one. Where are you seeing it? Does it appear only in a specific font or fonts (some of the fonts supplied with early versions of Corel Graphics had very odd symbols for paragraph marks, for example)?

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QUESTION: Problem solved when I zoomed the screen to 200% - it was actually two "degree" signs, being used as non-breaking spaces, side by side. The text had been imported from a pdf which was giving me lots of odd formatting, including lots of said degree signs where an ordinary space would have done.

Thanks for saving me any more time finding the answer to the wrong question!

BTW - I'm going to start asking this of most web form providers - could I ask you to make one small change to your anti spambot checker. Could you include something on the page which tells us whether it is or is not case sensitive. Sometimes I stare at a skewed not-the-same-size "w" or "W" or "P/p" (as opposed to "E/e" or "G/g") and think - "Do I have to fight this, or don't they care?" It would really help.

Glad you got it figured out! I should have thought of that.

I'm with you on the Captcha stuff. There's always the option to request a different picture if you're not sure of the current one, but I agree that it would be helpful to know whether they're meant to be case-sensitive (I think they mostly are).
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Suzanne S. Barnhill


I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

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B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

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Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award every year since 1999; many Rotary honors

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