Show formatting characters and guides in pages on the mac

Formatting characters (Control characters) like the ones shown below are added every time you press the spacebar, tab key, or Return key, and when you add a column break, page break, or paragraph break. These are not visible to you by default. But you can enable it to see where formatting changes have been applied. If you don’t need to show them, you can hide them again.

You can use the layout view to show the light gray outline lines that frame the different text areas in the document. This includes headers, footers, columns, text boxes, and the document content (the text part in the document). This illustration can help you fix layout problems.

Show or hide formatting characters

Do one of the following:

Show control characters: Select "Appearance"> "Show control characters" (the "Display" menu is located at the top of the screen).

Hint: This command is not available in the menu for the "Appearance" button on the toolbar.

Hide control characters: Choose "Layout"> "Hide tax signs".

Hint: You cannot add layout breaks. These are automatically displayed when you adjust the columns for the selected text.

Change the color of formatting characters

Choose "Pages"> "Settings" (the "Pages" menu is located at the top of the screen).

Click on "General" and then on the color field next to "Control Characters" to select a different color.

Show or hide layout markers

Perform one of the following steps:

show the layout: Choose "Representation"> "Show Layout" (the "Display" menu is located at the top of the screen).

Hint: In the menu for the "Display" button in the toolbar, this command is not available.

Hide layout display: Select "Representation"> "Hide Layout" (the "Appearance" menu is located at the top of the screen).

Protected space (dial space)

Symbol for line break (shift line switch)

anchor point for objects for which the "Move with text" option is selected, as well as all text wrap options (with the exception of "Include in text")

Blue border around a text

The text is bookmarked

A text overflow icon appears at the bottom of a text box when text extends beyond its frame. This icon will appear until you resize the text box so that all of the text can be seen.

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