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This question pops up quite regularly in assessments: how to set the “Hidden” attribute on the selected text. We have all had the white-text-on-a-white-background fun in Word and HTML — haven’t we? Well, this is another way to “hide” stuff.

The text will be visible when your Show/Hide is on Show and disappear when you switch to Hide.

  1. Make a text selection
  2. Select the Home ribbon
  3. Open the Font dialogue window
  4. Select the Hidden option on the Font tab
  5. Click the OK button

When you have Show/Hide on Show the text will have a fine dotted line beneath it.

Hidden text in Microsoft Word.Hidden text in Microsoft Word.

This manual approach is naturally time-consuming. A more advanced method for discovering Hidden Text — and removing it — is to use the Document Inspector:

Word 2016 Document InspectorWord 2016 Document Inspector
  1. Navigate to the Info section of the File menu
  2. Select Inspect Document from the Check for Issues option to…
  3. … open the Document Inspector
  4. Select the Hidden Text option
  5. Click the Inspect button
  6. Results (if any) will be displayed
  7. Click the Remove All button
  8. Click the Close button

By MisterFoxOnline

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