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Somehow the spaces in my "Word" document started being replaced by dots:

dots in words

How can I switch it back?

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Sounds like you've turned on "show formatting".

Ctrl+* (control-shift-8) should hide the formatting marks.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/show-or-hide-formatting-marks-HP005189641.aspx

  • The keyboard combination for toggling “Show formatting” is basically Ctrl Shift 8. Depending on the keyboard, this could also be described as Ctrl * or something else; on my keyboard for example, it’s Ctrl (. You can alternatively click on the “¶” symbol in the user interface (its placement varies by Word version). – Jukka K. Korpela Oct 16 '13 at 14:02

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