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How to Remove the Paragraph Symbol in Word (Get rid of the Pilcrow Sign)

Paragraph Marks are hidden symbols that get inserted at the end of every paragraph when you hit the Enter key. The Paragraph symbol is also known as the Pilcrow or Alinea.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to easily remove the Paragraph symbol in Word in less than no time.

Without any further ado, let’s get started.

NOTE: If you are looking for a post on how to type or insert the paragraph symbol on your keyboard, please refere to this one.

How to Get rid of the Paragraph Mark in Word

Paragraph marks showing in a Word document

As some do, you can choose to display the paragraph symbol in your Word document as it helps to diagnose formatting issues in a document. However, most users prefer to hide those marks because they can make the document harder to read for editing. Many users, probably like yourself, find the paragraph marks annoying and distracting.

When you see the paragraph Symbol Marks in your document, it means that the setting to show/hide these marks is enabled withing the document.

Thus, if you receive and launch a document created by another user, it might have these unwanted characters displayed all over in the document.

If you want to get rid of these paragraph symbols within your document, simply press Ctrl+Shift+8 shortcut on your keyboard to remove these marks from your document. You can bring them back by pressing these same hotkeys.

Alternatively, you can also turn off the paragraph symbol by obeying the steps below:

  • Launch your document that has the Paragraph Marks enabled.
  • Go to the Home tab.
  • In the Paragraph group, click on the Paragraph symbol to disable it.
  • Click again to enable and bring back the paragraph symbol into your document.
Removing the Paragraph Symbol from a Word document by turning it off

These are the ways you may use to show and remove paragraph symbols in Microsoft Word.

Advanced settings to Remove the Paragraph Marks from Word

At times, these marks may not go away after following the steps shown above. If this is happening to you, don’t worry. You just need to consider the settings a bit more carefully. Let me show you the way:

  • Click on the File tab.
File tab in Word
  • Go to Options > Display
Click on Options
  • Uncheck the Paragraph marks checkbox.
Turning off the Paragraph symbol in the advanced settings

If the paragraph mark is checked here, it means that it can’t be removed using the Ctrl+Shift+8 shortcut, nor the Show/Hide button.

Thus, if you are trying so hard to turn off this mark, you need to first of all make sure that it is disabled here.


These are the various ways you may turn off or remove the paragraph symbol from your Word document.

If you are still not clear about this, please let me know in the comments section below. I’ll be happy to help.

Thanks for reading this blog.

J. T.

Monday 7th of November 2022

Ctrl + Shift + 8 worked for me. I also found under Home > Paragraph> pilcrow icon to unclick it and it went away. Thank you so much! Very helpful. Done on 11/07/2022

Abarika Abdulai

Monday 7th of November 2022

We are happy to help J. T.


Thursday 9th of December 2021

I have the same problem. Does anybody know how to do this in Windows 10, and not give us OLD instructions for previous versions?

Abarika Abdulai

Thursday 9th of December 2021

Hi Tony, Please follow the above instructions and you'll be able to get rid of this symbol from your Word document.


Monday 4th of January 2021

I don't have an OPTIONS tab in File in my Microsoft Word on Mac. What to do??? I CAN'T GET THESE BLASTED BUGGARS OFF MY SCREEN.