Show/hide non-printing formatting characters
The Show-Hide non-printing characters button will toggle display. In Word 97-2003, it is on right end of the Standard toolbar between the Document Map button and the Zoom drop-down. In Word 2007-2013 it is in the Paragraph group on the Home tab.
Show/hide button in Word 2003 and 2010 respectively
There is a keyboard shortcut for toggling display using Ctrl+Shift+8 or Ctrl+*. These are not the keys in the numeric keypad but the regular typing keyboard. This shortcut works in Word 97-Word 2013 (and probably earlier and later versions as well).
The non-printing formatting characters include:
For more ways to examine formatting, see Checking Formatting - Word's Reveal Codes.
The paragraph symbol on the show/hide button is a "pillcrow" which is used by Word to designate an end of paragraph mark.
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