Question about some text selected in Microsoft Word

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A document I'm typing up is doing something different than I am used to seeing.  Most of the document, if I scroll select the text, highlights it in light blue.  But the most recent section I've been working on has some random sections of it highlighted in black. (See attached pic.)  I can't figure out why it is doing that and if it is supposed to indicate something.  So What does this mean or what is it supposed to be telling me?   Thanks in advance.


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@MA54321 Can you upload a copy of the document, or a part of it where that behavior occurs so that we can investigate the issue

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@Doug_Robbins_Word_MVP OK I attached the screenshot differently originally but I will do it the way you suggested now.  Thanks.

closer view attached

@MA54321 It is the document itself that we need to have, not pictures of it.

Oh ok, I misunderstood.   I'd rather not upload the document.   But I appreciate your attempt to help.



Select the text that appears to be different and then press Ctrl+SpaceBar to remove direct character formatting. Does that make a difference? 

YES! That did the trick! Thank you Mr. Blom



You are welcome.