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Chapter 5. Editing a Document > Hyphenating Words

Hyphenating Words

Hyphenation joins words used in combination (for example, up-to-date) or splits long words so that they can break to the next line. Splitting long words with hyphens reduces the ragged appearance of your right margin or the amount of white space between words in justified text. Word has three types of hyphens: optional, regular, and nonbreaking.

Inserting Regular and Nonbreaking Hyphens

Use regular hyphens when you want to control where a hyphen is inserted or to join two words used in combination. A regular hyphen breaks a word, when necessary, so that it can wrap at the end of a line. Use a nonbreaking (or hard) hyphen to join words or acronyms that you do not want broken at the end of a line. (Optional hyphens break words at the end of a line.) Table 5.9 summarizes the three types of hyphens available in Word.


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