Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

One Quick Fix for the Broken Hyphen

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS Word

One Quick Fix for the Broken Hyphen

When you’re working in MS Word, I’m sure you often find yourself fighting with hyphenated words or phrases that are split onto two different lines. That just doesn’t look “right,” does it?

So, what can you do?

Well, you may remember that you can insert a non-breaking hyphen from the start with the key combination of Ctrl + Shift + Hyphen.

But if the document is already done and you’re just realizing the hyphen problem during the editing process, do you really have to go through and replace them all by hand?

And what about future edits? You may find that something that looks fine now will be split up later and you’re right back where you started.


So, if you’re looking for a way to fix what’s broken (between two lines of text), let’s replace those regular hyphens with the non-breaking type. But we’re not going to do them one by one. Nope, let’s do an old fashioned Find and Replace!

The trick to making this work is to know what to place in the Replace field.

To begin, you’ll want to open the Find/Replace dialogue window (Ctrl + H).

In the Find field, enter in a hyphen.

In the Replace field, enter in ^~ (carat, tilde).

Now, you can proceed with either a case by case find and then a replace or you can click on the Replace All button and let Word do the work for you.

No more broken hyphens!

~ April

Leave a Reply

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.

Enter Email Address:


Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup

Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive