How to Remove Paragraph Symbols From Outlook

By Jonathan Morgan

The paragraph show/hide feature in the both Microsoft Outlook and in Microsoft Word is a tool available to help you see where you hit the "Enter" button to start a new paragraph, where you inserted indentations, and where you have pressed the "Space" bar to in insert spaces in between words and sentences. This feature can be easily turned-on accidentally by the user. These formatting indicators can be distracting to writers trying to edit their finished documents before saving or pressing the "Send" button. Undoing this feature is a simple process.

Step 1

Determine the version of Microsoft Outlook installed on your computer. You can find this information on the software disc, listed beside the name on the program list on your PC, or under "About Microsoft Office Outlook" in the "Help" menu in Microsoft Outlook.

Step 2

Press the button with the paragraph symbol on the Outlook toolbar if you are working in Microsoft Outlook 1997-2004. This will turn off the visible formatting feature. The button should be easy to find in between the "Document Map" button and the document's "Zoom" drop-down menu.

Step 3

Press the button with the paragraph symbol under the "Format Text" tool tab and under the "Paragraph" sub-menu if you are working Microsoft Outlook 2007. This will turn off the visible formatting feature. The button can be found next to the "Sort" button in the sub-menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • The short-cut for turning the paragraph formatting feature on and off is "Ctrl" + "*."