A (n) ___ mark, often known as a nonprinting character, is a character that appears on the screen but does not appear in a printed document. Page width expansion/contraction and text wrapping can cause non-breaking characters to appear in a document. Non-breaking space is used when it is desired to have a space occur between two words, but not print any more than that. A non-breaking space is also referred to as an invisible character.
Non-printing characters, often known as formatting marks, are characters used in word processors that are not visible when printed. It is also possible to personalize their monitor display. In word processors, the most popular non-printable characters include pilcrow, space, non-breaking space, tab character, and so on.
The table below shows the most common non-printing characters and how they are represented in different software programs:
Software Character Representation Windows & Office Pilcrow (“…”) Space Newline ( ) Carriage return (CR) Tab (\t) Line feed (LF) Formfeed (FF)
In addition to these six standard characters, some special symbols may be included in a document with no effect on its display but which can have an impact on the performance of the text processing program. Examples include the Unicode private use area, which contains numerals from 1 to 5, and the currency symbols for dollars ($), euros (€), yen (YEN), and pounds (£).
These special symbols are referred to as non-character entities (NCEs) because they do not represent any glyph on the page. They are inserted by editing tools based on key presses or mouse clicks and can cause problems for software if they are not identified and treated properly.
Non-printing characters are those that are utilized in the authoring of a text but are not visible. They are just used for formatting purposes. Tabs, spaces, and enter keys are among them. Also included here are control characters such as CR and LF which are required to form a text file.
These characters are used in the coding process to add spacing between words or sentences, to indicate an em dash or a footnote, or to divide a document into sections. The ASCII table shows these characters located in the 7th column: # 8300 - 8400
The most commonly used non-printing character is the space (20). It is used to insert a blank line before a section, to separate one element of a list from another, or to align text on a page. Other common non-printing characters include tab (9), return (13), newline (10), and carriage return (11).
These characters are used in the coding process to format a document with specific attributes or behaviors. They can be placed anywhere in a sentence or paragraph and will not affect the reading order of the text. Formatting commands may apply to some or all of the content within a given element. For example, you can use tabs to indent a block of text by placing a tab after each paragraph.
Spaces, tab characters, paragraph breaks, and other characters that take up space or have a formatting purpose but do not display on the printed page are referred to by either term. These characters are inserted into documents by the author using markup languages such as HTML.
Display and conceal non-printing formatting characters. The non-printing characters button toggles the display. It is located at the right end of the Standard toolbar in Word 97-2003, between the Document Map button and the Zoom drop-down. It's in the Paragraph group on the Home tab in Word 2007-2013.
When you press this button, the non-printing characters window appears. This window has three sections: Status, Fonts, and Characters. The status section shows which characters aren't printing. The font section displays any missing fonts. The characters section lists all the non-printing characters in Unicode code point order.
To see which characters aren't printing, open the status section of the window. Click the down arrow next to Status to show all the options. You can also click the Settings button to open the Font Settings dialog box. Select Print from the Font Settings menu, or simply turn off the option "Print object properties."
In the Font Settings dialog box, under Symbol, you'll find a list of characters that don't print. Check the box next to each character that you want to appear in the document. Then click OK to close the Font Settings dialog box and return to the non-printing characters window.
Now click the Display/Conceal button to hide these characters once again.
The formatting mark button in Microsoft Word looks like this: P. The paragraph sign denotes where a paragraph is and can be useful in particular situations. There's also a potential that you'll wind up printing your documents with paragraph symbols all over them. This could happen if you use the SHIFT key when you press the DELETE key to delete words instead of sentences.
Click the "Home" tab in the Ribbon to see non-printing characters in Word documents. Then, beneath the "Paragraph" button group, click the "Show/Hide Non-Printing Characters" button. The resulting dialog box will show all visible characters in the document with an icon and a description of each character.
Using a shortcut key This is Ctrl+* (on US keyboards, Ctrl+Shift+8). If you've ever inadvertently enabled the display of nonprinting characters, it might have been due to inadvertently pressing this key combination while attempting to input an asterisk. The * character is used as a wildcard in many contexts within computing; usually it represents all possible characters except spaces.