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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 before or after an em dash.

  • Type any letter, followed by a space, a hyphen or two, and any other letter, and Word transforms the hyphen(s) into an en dash.


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