[How To] Search and Remove Hidden Text in MS Word


In Word documents, it is possible to format text as hidden. Because hidden text can contain information you may not want to distribute, you may want to unhide and remove it. 

To remove all hidden text in a document, follow these steps:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options and select the View tab.
  2. Click to select the Hidden text checkbox, and then click OK.
  3. On the Edit menu, click Replace.
  4. Click More to expand the dialog box.
  5. Click in the edit box next to Find what. 
  6. Click the Format button, and then click Font. Click to select the Hidden check box, and then click OK.
  7. Click Replace All.

    All hidden text is removed from the document.  

    To turn off the display of hidden text, perform the following steps: 

    1. On the Tools menu, click Options. Select the View tab.  
    2. Click to clear the Hidden text check box. Click OK.