How to Hide Paragraph Marks With InDesign

Text-based content in an InDesign document is riddled with a variety of non-printing characters that represent spaces, paragraph breaks, tabbed indentations and other formatting markers. These characters are helpful when performing complex formatting changes -- for example, when you need to distinguish between hard and soft line breaks or change the distance between center-aligned tabs. When you don't need to see these marks, however, the symbols can be hidden from within the main layout interface or while using the Story Editor feature.

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Non-printing characters can be distracting when you're editing for content.
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Hiding Paragraph Marks within Layout

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Select the "Type" menu at the top of the screen.

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Select "Hide Hidden Characters" to turn off the visibility of the non-printing formatting characters.

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Disable Preview mode if your hidden characters still appear. To do so, select "View" and then "Overprint Preview."

Hiding Paragraph Marks within Story Editor

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Launch the Story Editor feature by selecting a text frame and then clicking "Edit" followed by "Edit in Story Editor."

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Click the "View" menu and select "Story Editor."

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Select "Hide Paragraph Break Marks" to disable the characters' visibility.