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Among the many formatting options that Word 2013 offers are ways to format entire paragraphs, instead of just single words or sentences. You can format a paragraph in several ways:

  • With the insertion pointer in a paragraph, use a formatting command to format that paragraph. This trick works because all paragraph-formatting commands affect the paragraph in which the insertion pointer is blinking.

  • Use a paragraph-formatting command, and then type a new paragraph in that format.

  • Use the formatting command on a block of selected paragraphs to format them all at once. To format all paragraphs in a document, press Ctrl+A to select all text in the document.

Some folks like to see the Enter key symbol (¶) in their documents, visually marking the end of every paragraph. You can do this in Word by following these steps:

  1. Click the File tab.

    The File Screen will appear.

  2. Choose the Options command from the File screen.

    The Word Options dialog box appears.

  3. Click Display.


    This will show you the paragraph display options.

  4. Place a check mark by Paragraph Marks.


    Click in the boxes next to the paragraph marks.

  5. Click OK.


    Now, every time you press the Enter key, the ¶ symbol appears at the end of the paragraph.

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