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    Gray Square Brackets (Word 2002)

    Gray square brackets occasionally appear around a word or phrase, maybe related to a Copy/Paste operation. See attachment. They are unsightly; what do they signify and how do I remove them?
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    Re: Gray Square Brackets (Word 2002)

    The brackets indicate a bookmark. You only see them if "Bookmarks" is ticked in the View tab of Tools | Options...

    In this case, the bookmark is named OLE_LINK1 (see Insert | Bookmark...), meaning that the text has been copied and pasted as a link elsewhere. Word uses this type of bookmark to keep track of the source of the linked text.

    If you are sure that you won't need the link any more, you can delete it from Edit | Insert Bookmark. If you're not sure, leave it.

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    Re: Gray Square Brackets (Word 2002)

    Thanks for the clear explanation, Hans.

    To my knowledge, I didn't paste the phrase as a link, and I didn't insert a Bookmark. But Insert -> Bookmark -> Delete OLE_LINK1 removed them. That's what I needed; thanks again.

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