How did a document format change?

December 9, 2010 at 12:15:48
Specs: Windows Vista
I was working on a document and I have no idea what I poked but my entire format changed. I have little sunburst and paragraph emblems. What did I poke & more importantly how do I change my format back to what it was?

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#1
December 9, 2010 at 12:29:11
I am assuming it is a Microsoft Word document as you have not said anything about the document type.

Assuming the above then you should have used undo to wind back to before you "poked".

We cannot really advise you here as:
1. We do not know what your document looked like before you "poked" it.
2. We don't know what it looks like now
3. We do not know how you want it to look like.

So really you have to fix it yourself

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#2
December 9, 2010 at 13:32:58
Wait a minute. Surely there's a way I can explain this where I can receive some help.
By "poking" I mean that I inadvertently hit a button that changed the format of the document I was working on.
As far as you telling me I should have used the undo button, I did use the undo button as soon as I saw my format changed. The undo option was grey and undoing was not an option.
What once looked like this:

D Bm
Deck the halls with boughs of holly,

Now looks like this:


D ···················Bm°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°° ←
Deck the halls with boughs of holly,

If it were just this one document, I'd retype the whole thing. But my entire format for Microsoft Word document has changed and whatever I bring up or start new has those marks.

Thank you for your patience.
Sally


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#3
December 9, 2010 at 13:56:26
OK. I now understand. You have accidentally switched on formatting marks.

This shows all the normally invisible formatting marks. Some people prefer to see these as they are typing their documents.

To switch them off do the following:
Open Word
From the menu Click on Tools and select Options
The options window will pop up
In the Formatting marks section untick all 6 checkboxes and click on OK

You should now be back where you were.

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#4
December 9, 2010 at 14:12:13
Thank you! That fixed the problem. There must be a shortcut key that I hit to check the "All" box. That was the only one I had to uncheck.

Thank you for your help.
Sally


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#5
December 9, 2010 at 14:21:28
Good to know that your problem is solved.

Thank you for the feedback.

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