Macro to force hidden text shown in Word

In order to show the hidden text in your Word document you need to turn on that Show Marks & Symbols button. But for those who don’t like this button turned on at all time, you need to use a few tricks in Word to force the hidden text shown without having to press that button.

The basic code in VBA that makes hidden text display is something like this:

ActiveWindow.View.ShowHiddenText = True

If you want the hidden text shown in a template, add the following codes in ThisDocument.

Private Sub Document_New()
    ActiveWindow.View.ShowHiddenText = True
End Sub

If you want the hidden text shown automatically in a particular document, change the subroutine name to Document_Open().

If you want the hidden text show automatically on any of new document, put the same code above into Normal.dot template on your local computer.

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