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Displays non-printable characters within a Google Docs document. Affiche les caractères non-imprimables d'un document.
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Show is an extension that displays non-printable characters within a Google Docs document / Show est une extension qui permet d'afficher les caractères masqués dans un document Google Docs.

Symbols used / Symboles utilisés

⏎	Simple Line Feed / Saut de ligne simple
¶	End of Paragraph / Fin de paragraphe
❡	End of an empty Paragraph / Fin de paragraphe vide
↡	Page feed / Saut de page
▪	Simple Space / Espace simple
→	Tabulation
○	No-Break Space / Espace insécable
◦	Narrow No-break Space / Espace insécable courte
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Show will need access to your Google account
This will allow Show to :
See, edit, create, and delete all your Google Docs documents
See your primary Google Account email address
See your personal info, including any personal info you've made publicly available
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A User of Show
October 5, 2019
It just doesn't work!! I see 'Show', I see a green tick, I even see 'Uninstall' but no formating marks!!!!!!!! I see comments from others that it is VERY buggy. I totally agree with many comments that this should be a basic function of Docs just like Word. - I will have to go back to Word - Pity!
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A User of Show
August 12, 2018
Difficult to rate this one: it’s great that somebody has tried to fill a glaring omission from Google Docs. Unfortunately, the limitations of Add-ons only make it partially useful: • The fact it takes a while to process the document to work out which symbol to put where (MS Word is instant) • The fact it doesn’t create new marks as you type • The fact that if you copy and paste text into some other application, it copies the marks as well In the end, Google Docs just isn’t very sophisticated and MS Word, for all of its (many) flaws, is much more functional.
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A User of Show
June 21, 2019
When I use thise add-on, I feel like I have to delete it and then re-add it. It will only show the "Help" option. I have tried to refresh the document, but to no avail. I am not sure if this is a bug or if I am simply doing something wrong. I find it rather annoying, however I still need this to do my school reports/projects.
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A User of Show
January 28, 2019
So far, so good! Thanks for making this handy functionality (which, honestly, should be BASIC out-of-the-box functionality in Google docs, anyway) available for free. Sharing a doc with users who think soft returns are a good idea (thereby destroying the ability to apply proper paragraph formatting) was going to drive me mad. If anyone has any issues with how it works, I recommend visiting the author's documentation.
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A User of Show
October 20, 2017
Great idea to make this, I really needed something like this. Although I noticed that upon clicking 'show all' not everything is showed. To show spaces I have to do activate it separately from the break lines. Also when you click 'show all' twice, it WILL show all twice, making it look like I have two break lines on one line instead of one break line. Hide all does seem to hide all though even the duplicates. I hope you can make some improvements :)
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A User of Show
September 7, 2017
Indeed, this does screw up line-breaks when you "show" hidden characters. Not referring to a normal paragraph break (i.e. hit <Enter>) but a (soft) line-break (i.e. hit <Shift> + <Enter>). Try it yourself! After you "show" the hidden characters, it changes these line-breaks to an inline character. After you "hide" hidden characters, the line-breaks are removed. I haven't tested other scenarios, but suspect this add-on needs more testing to confirm that documents are not manipulated compared to the original. Still, I like the idea that an add-on is trying to address this feature, since many people are particular about the formatting of their documents. Seeing hidden characters can help make corrections to oddities. I'll continue to monitor this add-on and I wouldn't consider it "production ready" until its use can be confirmed as not altering documents.
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A User of Show
July 12, 2019
For those who are wondering why this add-on is well coded but doesn't work as expected: The issue with Google Add-ons in general, so including this one, is that it only allows to manipulate text. You can indeed modify the UI but everything that is happening in the editable text canvas (which you call your actual document) is predefined by what Google Docs supports. So, what this add-on does as a work-around is fairly simple: As it can't show UI elements on top of the document (only in the menu bar) its code analyses the text, searches for page breaks, line breaks etc, and adds 'physical' characters into your text. These page-break-characters are identical to your other regular alphabetic or numeric characters. As scripts (add-ons) can only run and be executed synchronously they only work once until you run them again. So, it adds the characters, you do a new line break, you have to run the code again to make the new line-break-characters to show up again (be added in the text by the code) I really hope that Google soon extends the capabilities of Docs so it can actually function-wise compete with MS Word. The UI of Google Apps is much cleaner, it's fast, and integrates well with other Google apps. There are only a bunch of simple features missing that are quite essential for a basic but powerful text editor but this could push users away from it, regardless of how much they would like to use it instead.
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A User of Show
February 19, 2017
This should be a basic feature of Google Docs. But since it isn't this does what it says on the tin. The only thing it is missing is real time updates.
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A User of Show
July 14, 2017
Very useful for tricky formatting situations. It's not as powerful as the Microsoft version, but it does an important job that Google does not do natively.
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A User of Show
October 13, 2018
Great for editing! I must use it for working on transforming subtitles into a journal essay. Just remove it and add again if I couldn't find the menu. All other things worked fine for me. Thanks!
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