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Hidden Characters in InDesign

by Ron Kurtus (15 May 2020)

Hidden characters in InDesign documents include extra spaces between words, tab space, paragraph breaks, and figure space.

You can show or hide the hidden characters as you see fit. You can also change them.

Questions you may have include:

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Hidden characters

Typical hidden character in an InDesign document include:

Paragraph or line break (¶)

Extra spaces (´´´)

Tab space (»)

Figure space (#)

Show or hide

You can show the hidden characters in your document by accessing from the menu bar:

Type > Show Hidden Characters or Hide Hidden Characters

You can also simply key in: Alt+Ctrl+i.

Find and Change

You can find and change a hidden character from:

Edit > Find/Change or Ctrl+f.

Then click the @ icon at end of Find what: and Change to: boxes. A Drop-down window displays. Select the name of the hidden character to find or change.

Summary

Hidden characters in InDesign documents include extra spaces between words, tab space, paragraph breaks, and figure space.

You can show or hide the hidden characters by keying Alt+Ctrl+i. You can also find and change hidden characters as you see fit.


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