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Ctrl+F10 or View>Non Printing characters. This can turn them on and off
Please try this and see what happens
I tried both, and in both cases an icon appears at the end of the line of characters (it looks like a paragraph symbol) I next deleted the random text and closed OO writer. When opening it again the random characters are still there, so I guess it didn't work.
I tried both and in both cases the no-print icon appears at the end of the random text line. It doesn't print with the icon and it does print without it. But that would mean that from now on would I need to go to "view>non-printing characters" every time a start a new document (which is a bit of a nuisance to say the least)
Yeah I hear ya, beyond that im not sure what to do beyond that so I will have to opt out and see if someone else can help you further
Thanks Taylor. I wish Open Office had a help line (the forum is pretty useless for this kind of question)