Working With Hidden Text in Word Documents

Toggle hidden text on and off in your Word docs

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The hidden text feature in a Microsoft Word document allows you to hide text in the document. The text remains a part of the document, but it doesn’t appear unless you choose to display it.

Combined with printing options, this feature can be handy for a number of different reasons. For example, you may want to print two versions of a document. In one, you can omit portions of text. There's no need to save two copies on your hard drive.

How to Hide Text in Word

To hide text, follow these steps:

  1. Highlight the portion of text that you want to hide.
  2. Right-click and select Font.
  3. In the Effects section, select Hidden.
  4. Click OK.

How to Toggle Hidden Text On and Off

The hidden text may appear on the computer screen, depending on your view options. To toggle the display of hidden text, follow these steps:

  1. Click Tools.
  2. Select Options.
  3. Open the View tab.
  4. Under Formatting marks, select or deselect Hidden.
  5. Click OK.