Let’s start off with an easy one…

Symbolism of evil!

Microsoft Office is showing strange symbols in Word or Outlook

When I worked at a help desk I used to run into this all the time. People would call up and describe how  they would be writing an email or working on a document when all of a sudden strange symbols like this ¶ would appear.

It turns out that these symbols are formatting marks which can be made invisible again by pressing the CTRL+SHIFT+8 keys at the same time. If it doesn’t work the first time, try again as it may take a couple of tries before you get it right.

For more reading on this “feature” see the Microsoft article: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/show-or-hide-paragraph-marks-HA001175277.aspx
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