Word.Tips.Net WordTips (Menu Interface)

Inserting an Em Dash

Word allows you to insert an em dash (a long dash) by simply typing two dashes in a row. Word senses this as you finished the word following the dashes, and then replaces them with the em dash. If you have this capability turned off, however, you may be wondering how to get an em dash in your document. There are three ways you can do this:

  • Press Ctrl+Alt+Minus (on the numeric keypad)
  • Hold down the Alt key as you type 0151 on the numeric keypad.
  • Choose Symbol from the Insert menu, and then select Em Dash from the Special Characters tab.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1217) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

Related Tips:

Learning Made Easy! Quickly teach yourself how to format, publish, and share your content using Word 2013. With Step by Step, you set the pace, building and practicing the skills you need, just when you them! Check out Microsoft Word 2013 Step by Step today!


Leave your own comment:

  Notify me about new comments ONLY FOR THIS TIP
Notify me about new comments ANYWHERE ON THIS SITE
Hide my email address
*What is 4+5 (To prevent automated submissions and spam.)
          Commenting Terms

Comments for this tip:

Malcolm    15 Nov 2014, 06:03
You can also type 2014 on the standard keyboard, immediately following with ALT-x. Note: This is a hex number so if the preceding word ends with a, b, c, d, e, or f, insert a temporary space before the 2014.
2013+ALTx gives an n-dash.
2015+ALTx gives a "horizontal bar" which is identical to an m-dash except that it is "sticky" (= will not line-break) at both ends.

Our Company

Sharon Parq Associates, Inc.

About Tips.Net

Contact Us


Advertise with Us

Our Privacy Policy

Our Sites


Beauty and Style




DriveTips (Google Drive)

ExcelTips (Excel 97–2003)

ExcelTips (Excel 2007–2016)



Home Improvement

Money and Finances


Pests and Bugs

Pets and Animals

WindowsTips (Microsoft Windows)

WordTips (Word 97–2003)

WordTips (Word 2007–2016)

Our Products

Helpful E-books

Newsletter Archives


Excel Products

Word Products

Our Authors

Author Index

Write for Tips.Net

Copyright © 2016 Sharon Parq Associates, Inc.