How to Work with Hidden Characters in Adobe Illustrator

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In Brief...

Hidden characters identify the white space in text, such as paragraph returns, the space between words, tabs, etc. Showing those characters can be useful when proofing a project, or during a Find/Replace operation.

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  1. To make the hidden characters visible , go to Type > Show Hidden Characters.
    Type Menu
  2. The white space markers now appear in the text.

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