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Understanding the Significance of Paragraphs in Word Documents

Surprisingly, even experienced Word users aren’t fully aware of how extensively Word formatting relies on paragraphs. Part of this emphasis on paragraphs stems from the fact that, in Word, the term paragraph refers to far more than a group of sentences related to a theme. Instead, a paragraph in Word includes a paragraph mark (¶) along with all content preceding the paragraph mark, up to (but not including) the preceding paragraph mark. Each time you press Enter after a letter, heading, graphic, table, chart, list item, or any other element, you insert a paragraph mark and create what Word considers a paragraph. Figure 8-1 illustrates the concept of various paragraph elements in Word; notice the paragraph mark after each bulleted list item, each paragraph of text, each heading, and the graphic. You can display paragraph marks (along with other hidden text) in your documents by clicking the Show/ Hide button on the Standard toolbar or by selecting Show All Formatting Marks in the Reveal Formatting task pane.


Figure 8-1. In Word, any content followed by a paragraph mark is considered a paragraph.



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