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WD: Some Style Formats Not Displayed When You Reveal Formatting


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows 95, versions 7.0, 7.0a
  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c
  • Microsoft Word for the Macintosh, versions 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.1a


When you reveal formatting, Word does not display some of the character style formats you applied to your document. For example, if you apply an Italic character style to a selection and then manually remove that formatting by pressing CTRL+I, the Italic character style does not display when you reveal formatting, even though it is still applied.

To reveal formatting, click the Help button on the Standard toolbar or press SHIFT+F1. When the pointer changes to a question mark, click the text you want to check.


By design, when you reveal formatting, Word displays only the formats that are currently active for the selection. Word does not display the style formats that are not currently active, such as those that have been overridden by other formatting. For example, if you apply direct formatting that overrides a character style format, Word no longer displays the character style format when you reveal formatting.


If you want to see all the style formatting currently applied to a character, choose Style from the Format menu. You can compare these settings with the formats Word displays when you reveal formatting to determine which settings have been overridden.


"Microsoft Word User's Guide," version 6.0, Chapter 6, "Formatting Text Characters," "About Character Formatting" section

Additional query words: reveal codes show formats sniffer

Keywords : winword kblayout macword word6
Issue type : kbprb
Technology : kbHWMAC kbOSMAC kbWordSearch kbWordMacSearch kbWord700Search kbZNotKeyword2 kbWord600Mac kbWord601aMac kbWord601Mac kbWord600 kbWord600a kbWord600c kbWord700 kbWord700a

Last Reviewed: November 5, 2000
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