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Microsoft Word Tip
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Don't Break Me Up (Text):
Non-Breaking Spaces & Non-Breaking Hyphens
Most of the time, we want text in a Microsoft Word document to
automatically wrap text, that is, to move to the next line when it is
too long. Word wrap is great except when it breaks up text that we want
to stay together such as dates, names, phone numbers, phrases, formulas,
titles or other text that should stay together.
Some examples of text you might want to keep together:
August 2, 2010
Christopher A. Jones, Ph.D.
The common solution: what most people do to keep
text together is move to the beginning of the text and press [Enter].
This is fine until any of the text changes and causes breaks in the
The right solution: add non-breaking spaces or
non-breaking hyphens instead of normal spaces and hyphens:
As the name implies, non-breaking characters connect the
text together and it will all automatically move to the next line
together but only as needed.
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