Google Docs Show Formatting

Google Docs Show Formatting

Show Formatting is a basic option that Microsoft Word provides you as default. But Google Docs has no inbuilt option to show formatting as of now.

But, there is a way to achieve this, i.e., with the help of an add-on called Show. So, as part of this article, we will discuss how we can get the show formatting option in Google Docs with the help of the Show add-on.

Google Docs Show Formatting

As discussed, there is no default option Google Docs is providing to show formatting. So, we need to install the Show add-on here. Follow the below quick steps to install the Show app.

  1. Navigate to and open your existing Google Docs document.
  2. Click on the Add-ons –> Select Get add-ons option.
google docs show addon

3. Search for Show and click on the search result “Show” application.

google docs show formatting marks

4. Click on the Install button.

how to see formatting in google docs

5. Provide your Google account credentials and click on the Allow button.

6. Finally, click on the Done button to complete the installation.

7. Now, click on Add-ons –> Select Show application –> Show –> You can see the Spaces, Tabs, Page breaks, Line breaks, etc. You can even hide, highlight symbols, etc.

How to show Google Docs Formatting

8. When I selected Spaces on the above window, you can see below that it is highlighted wherever space is.

How to show Formatting in Google Docs

How To Show White Space In Google Docs

To show white space in Google Docs, Follow the below instructions

  1. Open your Google Docs document.
  2. Click on Add-ons –> Select Show application –> Show –> Select the Spaces option.

You can refer to the above screenshots for more details.

Note: Sometimes, after installing the Show add-on, while trying to access, you can able to see only the help option. In that case, try uninstalling the Show application and reinstall the Show-add-on, Now you will all the options.

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