Hide Text in Word 2007, 2010, 2013

First open any document you might have that has a fair amount of text in it. Here is an example document I am using for illustrative purposes.
word text
Highlight the text that you would like to hide and then right-click on it and choose Font.
right click font
In the Font dialog box, you’ll see the Hidden checkbox in the Effects section. Go ahead and check that box.
font hidden word
Click OK and POOF, your text is now gone! All I am left with is one paragraph with no sign of the other paragraph. The paragraph still exists and there are some interesting questions that arise now that it’s hidden.
hidden paragraph word
The first question that popped into my mind was what happens if I start typing in the blank area that held the text earlier? Well, I went ahead and tested it out by typing another paragraph where the hidden text was previously.
overwrite hidden text
So what happened? Well, I’ll explain that in the next section when I talk about viewing hidden text in Word.

View Hidden Text in Word

Ok, so how do we go about getting the hidden text back to show up again the document? We basically follow the same procedure that when we hid the text. Press CTRL + A to highlight everything in the document, right-click on any highlighted portion and choose Font again. This time you will see theHidden checkbox does not have a checkmark in it, but is instead fully green.
view hidden text
This means that some of the text selected is hidden and some is visible. Clicking on it once will change it into a checkmark, which means all the text in the document will be hidden and clicking on it again will remove the checkmark, meaning no text in the document should be hidden.
view hidden text
The hidden text is now visible, but as you can see, it’s in a slightly different location. It’s now located under the paragraph that I had typed when the text was hidden. So instead of being overwritten, it simply gets pushed down. If you want the text to remain in a certain place, you can click on the Show/Hide Paragraph Marks button and it will show you the hidden text with a special dotted underline.
show hide paragraph marks
You can then start a new paragraph in the location you want and then click the button to hide the text again. Now that you know how to hide and show hidden text, let’s talk about how to print it.

Printing Hidden Text in Word

Printing hidden text in Word requires heading into the options section of the Print dialog. When you go toFile and then Print, click on Page Setup at the bottom.
page setup word
In the Page Setup dialog, click on the Paper tab and then click on Print Options.
page setup options
This will bring up the Word Options dialog box with the Display tab already selected. Here you will see aPrint hidden text box under Printing Options.
print hidden text
You can also get to this dialog by clicking on File, then Options and then clicking on the Display tab. This setting is global, so you’ll have to go back and uncheck it later on if you don’t want to print hidden text for a different document.
So now that we know how to hide and show text, maybe you also want to prevent others from editing the hidden text? Well that is also possible as I show below.

Protect Word Document

Unfortunately, there is no way to completely hide hidden text in Word. If you send a document to someone that has hidden text, they will be able to view it if they know any of the procedures shown above. You can, however, prevent anyone from editing the text.
Protecting the document will prevent anyone from making any changes to any text. It will allow users to view the document, but not make any changes.
Click on the Review tab and click on Protect Document or Restrict Editing depending on your version of Office.
restrict formatting
Check the Limit formatting to a selection of styles box and click on the Settings button.
limit formatting
In the Formatting Restrictions dialog, check the box again and click on None to make sure nothing can be changed in terms of formatting and style.
formatting restrictions
Click OK and you’ll get a pop up message asking if you want to remove some formatting styles that aren’t allowed. Make sure to click NO. If you click Yes, it will remove the hidden attribute from the hidden text and it will become visible again.
remove formatting word
Next, check the box Allow only this type of editing in the document and leave it as No Changes (Read only).
no changes protect document
Under Exceptions, you can leave everything unchecked. Finally, click on the Yes, Start Enforcing Protectionbutton and enter a password to protect the Word document. Try to make the password more than 8 characters, especially if you are using an earlier version of Office.
enter password protection
Even though others can view the hidden text, none of the text in the document can be edited. If you need the text completely hidden, you would actually have to remove it from the document. If you have any questions, feel free to post a comment. Enjoy!