Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/164343/easily-view-formatting-codes-in-word-2010-using-crosseyes/
Have you switched to Microsoft Word from WordPerfect? Do you remember the Reveal Codes feature in WordPerfect that made it so easy to see exactly how your document was formatted? Well, you can get that feature now in Word using a free tool called CrossEyes.
I am the product manager for CrossEyes, and am really glad to see an accurate guide for newbies to the app. It has been popular since 2004!
Levit and James, Inc.
How weird.. I live right down the road from you.
Thank you so much. I really miss Reveal Codes and put off using Word as long as possible. I also now know that I really don't want to upgrade to 2013. I think I would still prefer to use Word Perfect but few would be able to read my documents! I look forward to giving CrossEyes a try!
Reveal Codes is, hands down, one of the best features of WordPerfect. Maybe some day Microsoft will see fit to incorporate this into Word. WP was years ahead of Word in several other features, like previewing formatting changes (e.g. select text, select a different font or spacing, and it shows up with the new formatting while still highlighted so you can decide whether you like it or now) and being able to export a document to PDF.
Thanks, always missed those Word Perfect codes in MS Word. I wished I found this years ago.
After installing (and restart) I couldn't see the Add-in tab in Word 2007. Only a CrossEyes.lnk is in the startup folder. Adding the .dotm doesn't help also. I don't know why it's not loading the add-in. I only managed to add the CrossEyes.dotm manually from the Levit & James. Inc\CrossEyes folder. Now search how to keep it enabled. Edit: For everybody with an non-English Office version: there is a Startup folder in your language next to the English Startup folder. Copy the CrossEyes.dotm (Word 2007) in that one and CrossEyes works. C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word\ Startup in your language
I was really looking forward to this - but was sadly disappointed.
One of the annoyances with Word is when you highlight text, change the formatting, e.g. make it bold, then carry on typing. The rest of the sentence is in bold too because Word leaves the cursor in front of the "bold off" code. In WordPerfect, you could simply move the cursor to the right of the "bold off" code and carry on. That is what I was hoping to do but despite being able to move the cursor to the right of the code, subsequent typing makes it jump back to the left of the code