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Microsoft Word Tip

Category: Word Editing
Versions: All versions of Microsoft Word

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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.
(555) 123-4567
state-of-the-art

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 wrong place.

The right solution: add non-breaking spaces or non-breaking hyphens instead of normal spaces and hyphens:

  • Non-breaking space: [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [Spacebar]

  • Non-breaking hyphen: [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [Hyphen]

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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