Writing Messages with Strange Symbols
However this isn’t the only way in which you might experience strange symbols in Microsoft Outlook. As well as receiving messages that look like random characters, you might find that when writing a message there are some unusual characters appearing, mostly after headings and carriage returns (new lines).
Usually, this will be the pilcrow, also known as a paragraph line or alinea, and is used to denote a new paragraph.
So why don’t you usually see it?
Typically, the pilcrow is hidden, and in most cases remains so. However if you need to resolve document formatting issues, the pilcrow and other invisible formatting symbols can be unveiled, allowing you to make changes.
If you can see the pilcrow, you’ve probably accidentally caught the Outlook hotkey combination that activates it. Hold CTRL+SHIFT+8 to disable the formatting symbols.