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Abracadabra instead of text in Word

How to turn abracadabra in your Word into readable text.

In some Word files, you can encounter abracadabra like this:

As you can see, codes are somehow shown instead of hyperlinks. That is because a semi-secret checkbox was, whether intended or not, selected in your Word. It is semi-secret because few users know even about its existence, to say nothing of where it could be found in the bowels of Word.

Here is where you can find it:

File > Options > Word Options > Advanced:

If you deselect this checkbox, all fields will show values (i.e., actual text) instead of formulas:

BTW, a paragraph from our recent article is used in the screenshot.

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