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I am using MS Word 2000 on Win XP and recently have a problem. I can't find that I have made a change in it but now every time I save a .doc file it has a lot of gibberish added to the end of my document. If I delete the added text at the bottom and save the doc, it just resets all the added data under it. I can not find any setting that I have accidently set to make all of my saved .doc files do this. Even old saved .doc files have it.

ANSWER: Howard - this is a hard one as I am not clear what "gibberish" is.  It could be code or it could simply be that reveal codes is on.

It is possible that you have enabled Show/Hide, this simply shows symbols that are helpful when formatting a document.

There is a Show/Hide symbol up on your toolbar,  it is a paragraph symbol


It is a half round to the left of what appears to be s tall n

there is a keystroke you can try to see if this toggles the symbols on and off

three keys at the same time.


I hope this works for you.


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QUESTION: The attachment is the gibberish that is at the bottom of all of my doc files. I didn't write that, it just appears at the bottom of a letter I wrote. If I highlite it and delete it and save and close the program as soon as I open it up again it is there again. It appears at the bottom of every letter or even a statement I write in MS Word. I can delete it and then save my letter I write but as soon as I open the letter again it has returned. Ctrl+Shift+8 just toggles the paragraph symble on and off. All that you see in the attachment is added to a leter I wrote, I didn't that, MS word added it to my letter and I can't get rid of it.

Good morning - I missed the attachment the first time.  

I was able to find one instance of this happening and hopefully it will be helpful

Suzanne S. Barnhil
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In the File Open dialog, change the "Files of type" setting from "Recover
Text from Any File" to "All Word Documents."

this is a response to the same issue you have.

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