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    Hi there,

    Anyone know what the name of the command is for the character?

    I ask because I'd like to associate a keyword shortcut with it (Ribbon / Word Options / Customize / Keyboard shortcuts: Customize / Categories: All Commands).

    I'm using Word 2007.

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    The character is called an em-dash
    The keyboard shortcut for this is Alt+Control+Num- (the minus key on the numeric keypad)

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    Thanks, Stuart. Two things:

    1. Any idea where Num- is on a (Dell) laptop?

    2. I see commands for InsertEmSpace and InsertEnSpace, but nothing for InsertEmDash; see screen shot attached.

    [attachment=84041:emdash.JPG]

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    He's saying that there's already a "shortcut" for it: Ctrl+Alt+Num-. You don't need to assign one on your own.

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    Thanks, Damian. Did you see my first follow-up question?

    1. Any idea where Num- is on a (Dell) laptop?

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    [quote name='Jon5' post='777738' date='01-Jun-2009 08:30']1. Any idea where Num- is on a (Dell) laptop?[/quote]

    Don't have a Dell, but normally it's at Fn-; There's probably a 'virtual' keypad, with figures on the top-right of the keys, for example covering keys 7890, UIOP, JKL;, M.+ (or perhaps similar) accessed by hitting the Fn (Function) key, somewhere on the bottom-left of the keyboard, together with the associated key.

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    [quote name='Jon5' post='777738' date='31-May-2009 18:30']Thanks, Damian. Did you see my first follow-up question?

    1. Any idea where Num- is on a (Dell) laptop?[/quote]
    I saw it. I'm sure I did. Must have noticed.

    It really depends. Sometimes the Numpad keys are written in orange (on top of normal keyboard keys). The Lenovo I have has them written in white on the bottom-right corner of the keys, but it might be orange in the top-right.

    However it is, there'll be a key with a - written on it (beside the normal -/_ key). To type it you'd use the Fn key by Ctrl and Alt.
    So you'd be hitting Ctrl+Alt+Fn+(some key). For the Lenovo it's the :/; key but in general it's somewhere near 'P'.

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    [quote name='Jon5' post='777724' date='01-Jun-2009 09:33']1. Any idea where Num- is on a (Dell) laptop?
    2. I see commands for InsertEmSpace and InsertEnSpace, but nothing for InsertEmDash; see screen shot attached.[/quote]
    On a laptop the number pad keys may be accessible through the Fn-P or similar since some laptops map a functional numberpad to keys on the right side of the letters. This is the case on my laptop keyboard (not a Dell). I don't use this way though and prefer to use Alt-0150 or Alt-0151 to put in n and m dashs.

    I would create a button by adding the dash as an autotext entry and then placing that on the toolbar. A better option would be to edit the autocorrect settings to allow Word to change something else to an n or m dash. There is a setting for autoformat which converts a double dash to n dashs.
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    [quote name='Jon5' post='777738' date='31-May-2009 18:30']1. Any idea where Num- is on a (Dell) laptop?[/quote]
    The numeric keypad, such as it is, consists of a grid of light blue numbers/characters. Hold Fn plus the other necessary keys before tapping a key on the "numeric keypad." If you use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, you will get very used to this for zooming and unzooming images.

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    Rather than 'All Commands', try 'Common Symbols' at the bottom of the same list:

    [attachment=84057:InsertEmDash.JPG]
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    Thanks for everyone for all your help.

    It turns out that I need to press four keys to insert an em dash: Ctrl + Fn + Alt + (the key that contains the following three characters: : ; -).

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    [quote name='Jon5' post='778145' date='03-Jun-2009 12:19']Thanks for everyone for all your help.

    It turns out that I need to press four keys to insert an em dash: Ctrl + Fn + Alt + (the key that contains the following three characters: : ; -).[/quote]

    That is exactly the same combination of keys that I have to press on my HP laptop.

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