Replace Hidden Text in an MS Word Document


There are occasions when you may have a document that is full of hidden text and now you need to make that hidden text visible.

The quick answer is use the Find and Replace feature in MS Word.

Follow the steps below to learn how.

  1. Click Ctrl + Home to go to the beginning of your document.
  2. Click Ctrl + H to display the Replace tab of the Find and Replace dialog box.
  3. Click the More button if it is available.
  4. Be certain there is nothing in the Find What box and that your insertion point is in the box.
  5. If the No Formatting button is available, click it.
  6. Click the Format button and select Font to display the Font dialog box.
  7. Click the Hidden check box.  A check mark should appear in the check box, if not, continue clicking until it does.
  8. Click OK.  The Find Font dialog box will disappear and the word Hidden will appear beneath the Find What box.
  9. Be certain there is nothing in the Replace With box and your insertion point is in the box.
  10. If the No Formatting button is available, click it.
  11. Click the Format button and select Font to display the Replace Font dialog  box.
  12. Click the Hidden check box two times.
  13. Click OK. The Replace Font dialog box will disappear and the words Not Hidden appear beneath the Replace With box.
  14. Click Replace All.

The steps above will find all the text in your document that has been hidden. It will then turn off the hidden attribute so that none of your text is hidden any longer.

About the Author

Carol Bratt

Carol holds A+, MCP, and MOS computer certifications and is the resident DCT Office expert. She trains the staffs of small law firms in the use of Microsoft Office applications and has authored many books covering Microsoft Office as well as written articles for Infopackets, TechnoLawyer, and Digital Harbor. For more Microsoft Office tips visit Carol's Corner Office or follow Carol on FaceBook and Twitter.

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