In Microsoft Word 2013 on Windows 7, I keep encountering a strange paragraph mark that cannot be copy-pasted properly, which causes all kinds of problems. Unfortunately, I do not know how to produce this mystery paragraph mark, but here is a file that contains it: Mystery paragraph mark that cannot be copied.docx.zip (a DOCX file zipped again for greater accuracy).
The mystery paragraph mark shows up as a normal pilcrow (¶) when I make Microsoft Word display all non-printing characters – exactly like regular paragraph marks. However, it behaves oddly:
- When I select the entire text and copy-paste it to, say, the Notepad, then it is replaced by a plain space character.
- The mystery paragraph mark can occur in DOCX or DOC files. When I save the file as RTF and reopen it with MS Word, then I get a space character instead. When I save the file as TXT, it is converted into a normal newline.
- When I use MS Word's Replace dialog for replacing all paragraph marks ("^p") by something else, then the mystery paragraph marks will not be replaced. In this way, they resemble the mandatory paragraph mark at the end of any MS Word file.
When I open the file with other applications, most will convert the mystery paragraph mark into nothing at all; e.g., Apple's TextEdit.app or the old Microsoft Office Word Viewer:
But some will convert it into a normal newline; e.g. LibreOffice:
What is this mystery paragraph mark? How can I prevent it?