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Using Hyphens and Dashes

Word automatically changes some hyphens into em- and en-dashes (an em-dash, as the name implies, is the width of a lowercase m, and an en-dash is the width of a lowercase n). For example:

  • Type a letter, followed by two hyphens, followed by another letter, and Word changes the hyphens to an em-dash. It's nicely done, because the em-dash has a little bit of space to the left and right, and a line can break after an em-dash.

  • Type any letter, followed by a space, a hyphen, another space, and another letter, and Word transforms the hyphen into an en-dash.


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