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One Quick Fix for the Broken Hyphen

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

Yuck!

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

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