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    Non-breaking hyphens (short) (Word 2000)

    I am documenting some software that contains various options that have the format "-option", i.e. the option is preceded by a hyphen. I don't want Word to break the line after the hyphen, so presumably it needs to be a non-breaking hyphen. I know how to use Insert | Symbol or Ctrl/Shift/hyphen to insert a non-breaking hyphen, but this gives a long hyphen rather than a short one. This is really obvious if the text is converted to Courier New - the hyphen becomes really long in that font. Is there any way of inserting a short non-breaking hyphen, rather than a long one?

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    Re: Non-breaking hyphens (short) (Word 2000)

    I think this is an artefact. If you display non-printing characters, Word will display the non-breaking hyphen as a long dash to distinguish it from the standard hyphen. However, if you hide non-printing characters, both types of hyphens look the same, as they will in print preview and in the printed output. See screenshots below. The first hyphen is a non-breaking one and the other a standard one.

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    Re: Non-breaking hyphens (short) (Word 2000)

    Hans, you're right! I usually display all non-printing characters so that I can see the index entries, and only hide them before doing the final tidy-up prior to printing. Thank you so much for providing what turns out to be a very simple solution. :-)

    Anne

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