Answered By: Jackie Stevens
Last Updated: Dec 13, 2023     Views: 17779

In Microsoft Word (2016), follow these instructions:

  1. In your Word document, click the File tab, then Options.
  2. In the left menu, choose Advanced.
  3. Under the Show document content section, untick Show field codes instead of their values.
  4. Click OK.

Alternatively, try the following:

  1. Press Ctrl+A to select all text.

  2. Press Ctrl+Shift+F9.



In MS Word for Mac, please go to Preferences > View > uncheck Show field codes.

Comments (13)

  1. Thank you so much
    by Caocao on Aug 15, 2022
  2. A very easy fix, thank you.
    by AMel on Sep 03, 2022
  3. relief. thank you
    by Susan on Oct 11, 2022
  4. Easy fix - stress relieved - thank you
    by Rick on Jan 18, 2023
  5. Thanks, problem solved!!!
    by Yinex on Jan 24, 2023
  6. Thanks a bunch! Problem solved in a blink of an eye.
    by bbbobbbo on Feb 08, 2023
  7. Thank the lord for this info! Problem sorted. But.. why on earth did this annoying setting change in the first place?
    by Alanpods on Apr 05, 2023
  8. You are a hero. This has drove me insane on my syllabi for weeks.
    by Dr. D. on Aug 22, 2023
  9. Thank you, this has been driving me crazy!!!!!!!!!
    by BBC on Dec 11, 2023
  10. I am very relieved, as I was struggling to understand why my Word is showing the links in weird way today; Your simple tip worked on my PC. I wish you have a very good successful Year ahead in 2024!
    by Harihar on Jan 12, 2024
  11. Yes, the changing of field codes to real display works well now in mt word docx. Thanks a lot and more power to you all there!
    by Ramon Caballero on Feb 11, 2024
  12. Thank you SO much - this has been driving me mad!!
    by Millsy77 on Feb 21, 2024
  13. Thank you for this really helpful tip - solved the issue straight away. Legend!
    by Mike on Feb 22, 2024