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I opened MS Word 2010 today to find that whenever I add a new line I get strange symbol.

When I press enter multiple times I get one on each line. This is very strange to me and I need to get rid of this. It happened from today itself. I checked for MS Word Replacing Characters with Line Breaks but it of no help.

How can i change this? What may be the possible root cause? Is it because of a crash or something?

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I think Marcus' answer below is likely the cause, but in order to add details to your question, can you post a screen shot of the symbol you are seeing? – CharlieRB Jan 30 '13 at 13:56
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Are the characters pilcrows (¶)? If so, you have "show formatting" enabled, and you can disable it with the button that looks like a pilcrow. Instructions:

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