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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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A User of Show
November 4, 2019
This addon would be a whole lot better if it actually consistently worked. For some reason, all functionality of the addon (excluding "Help") disappears from the dropdown on other documents. What I mean is, it will work if I install it and use it on the document I installed it from, but if I work on a new document the functionality disappears. So I'd definitely love it a lot more if it didn't do this.
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A User of Show
October 20, 2019
what happened? it was working when I first installed it and now it is not working. Anyone else having this issue? Why doesn't Google just have this feature stock?
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A user of Show
November 4, 2019
I'm having the exact same issue. I bet it has something to do with an update from Google or something messing with the addon's functionality. But yeah, it only works when initially installed, and then you have to reinstall for it to work again. Kinda sucks.
A User of Show
October 20, 2019
I find this add-on works just fine. After editing a doc, I refresh the web page the doc is on and everything updates correctly: Docs menu system and the current open Doc. The sad fact is, MS Word for DOS had this feature built-in way back in the early 1980s. Google, get with it!
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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
October 5, 2019
Found something odd. Show was already installed but did nothing. Uninstalled it, shut down chrome and restarted that and installed 'Show' again. Now it works!!!!!!! Also menu of choices now shown which were not there before. It seems there has been an important update which did not come through in the normal way. (Can't change the stars!!)
A User of Show
August 22, 2019
I had a problem where the option to 'show all' or 'hide all' invisible characters disappeared, meaning the formatting symbols were now permanently in my doc. This kind of defeats the purpose, as I have no desire to share the doc with anyone else when has what should be no longer visible characters scattered throughout it. I had to manually go through and remove the characters with find and replace - which is hardly ideal. I also just found the general functionality lacking. It was better than nothing, but in the end not by much. Plus you then may have to go through the document and do a manual clean-up of the invisible characters, so in the end it's not worth the trouble.
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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
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
November 4, 2019
Same here.
A user of Show
October 28, 2019
This addon is terrible. It just messes up your formatting
Kristopher Galvez
June 19, 2019
Its great as a tool to use when trying to see how a document is formatted, but I wanted to use the tool to track my own edits, it works but was not what I was looking for and much less useful to me because of that.
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A User of Show
June 19, 2019
As with other users, this app only shows the non-printable characters that currently exist in your document. The app does NOT show non-printable characters as you continue to type. This is useless for me as I use non-printable characters to keep formatting consistent as I go so I don't have to spend extra type formatting the document after completing it.
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A User of Show
April 26, 2019
Yeah mixed reaction only sometimes works, show menu often does not work. Does fill a gap but probably not well enough to make it a useful tool. Will probably uninstall due to it being so.....Buggy
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