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Adding Many No-Width Optional Breaks

Beginning in Word 2000, Microsoft introduced a new character called the no-width optional break. This character has been discussed in other issues of WordTips; for English documents it can be used to wrap long or compound words at non-standard places. For instance, it could be used to add an optional break after a slash character.

If you want to use the no-width optional break in a document that has lots of slashes, you may wonder if there is a way to do a find and replace to add the special character. The short answer is "yes, there is." Follow these steps:

  1. Press Ctrl+H. Word displays the Replace tab of the Find and Replace dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Replace tab of the Find and Replace dialog box.

  3. In the Find What box, enter the slash.
  4. In the Replace With box, enter a slash and then hold down the Alt key as you type 8203 on the numeric keypad. You'll see a little box appear after the slash.
  5. Click Replace All.
  6. Close the Find and Replace dialog box.

Holding down the Alt key as you type 8203 on the numeric keypad inserts the Unicode character for the no-width optional break. After performing all the steps, your document is set to do an optional break after any slash character.

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Carole    08 Sep 2014, 13:38
Hi Andrew, I had the same problem. I wanted to replace all my "no-width optional breaks" in my Amazon book because the breaks were showing up as squares. I wanted to replace all of these breaks/squares but couldn't find the proper MS Word symbol to use in the Find/Replace function. After some Internet searching, I finally found the required symbol: ^o (that's the small alphabet letter "o" not the number). Here's a great website for MS Word symbols: http://makeofficework.com/searching.htm
Andrew    06 Jun 2014, 16:05
How would I get this to work for Word 2010? ALT + 8203 puts in a slash-like symbol that is different from the "No-Width Optional Break," and it doesn't work in the Find and Replace box. Do you know the encoding that will allow Find and Replace with a "no-width optional break"? For example, to replace a hard return, "^p" represents a paragraph symbol.
 
 

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