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I can't figure out how long this has been going on, but it finally started to drive me crazy: in Libre Office writer, absolutely nothing changes when I toggle the "Nonprinting Characters" button. ctrl F10 toggles the button on my toolbar, but also does not reveal any nonprinting characters.

How do I start fixing this?

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Check your settings at:

Tools > Options... > LibreOffice Writer > Formatting Aids "Display of"

Check the box for "Paragraph Ends" or whichever non-printing character you want to view or hide by toggling. If all the boxes are unticked, you'd not see any non-printing character (which may explain why nothing changes when you click the button or use ctrl+F10).

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By default there are not many checkboxes enabled which I think is unfortunate as it makes you wonder if it is working at all. – rosch Nov 25 '12 at 22:40

In Draw the only way I managed -- was to copy the 'offending' text out of Draw's text box, paste it into a blank Writer page, do what I had to do while I could see the formatting codes, then paste it back into Draw.

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