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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.

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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.

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