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Hyphenating (or Not) in Word 


Hyphenating (or Not) in Word

The first thing you should know about hyphenating words in a Word document is that you may not need to do it. Text that hasn't been hyphenated is easier to read. You may only want to hyphenate text when it is trapped in columns or in other narrow places, or when you want a very formal-looking document.

Do not insert a hyphen by simply pressing the hyphen key, because the hyphen will stay there even if the word appears in the middle of a line and doesn't need to be broken in half. Instead, when a big gap appears in the fight margin and a word is crying out to be hyphenated, put the cursor where the hyphen needs to go and press Ctrl+hyphen. This way, you tell Word to make the hyphen appear only if the word breaks at the end of a line. To remove a manual hyphen, press the Show/Hide Paragraph Marks button so that you can see it; then backspace over it.

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