About hyphenation

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If a word is too long to fit on the end of a line, Microsoft Word moves the word to the beginning of the next line instead of hyphenating it. However, you can use the hyphenation feature to insert hyphens to eliminate gaps in justified text or to maintain even line lengths in narrow columns. You can insert an individual optional hyphen (optional hyphen: A hyphen that's used to control where a word or phrase breaks if it falls at the end of a line. For example, you can specify that the word "nonprinting" breaks as "non-printing" rather than "nonprint-ing.") or an individual nonbreaking hyphen (nonbreaking hyphen: A hyphen that's used to prevent a hyphenated word, number, or phrase from breaking if it falls at the end of a line. For example, you can prevent 555-0123 from breaking; instead, the entire item moves to the beginning of the next line.), or you can let Word hyphenate all or part of a document for you.

ShowUsing automatic hyphenation

When you turn on automatic hyphenation, Word automatically inserts hyphens where they are needed in the document. If you later edit the document and change line breaks, Word rehyphenates the document.

ShowUsing manual hyphenation

When you choose manual hyphenation, Word searches for text to hyphenate, asks you to confirm each proposed optional hyphen, and then inserts the optional hyphens. If you later edit the document and change line breaks, Word displays and prints only the optional hyphens that still fall at the ends of lines. Word doesn't rehyphenate the document.

ShowHyphenating text in another language

To hyphenate text in another language, you need to make sure that the language is enabled for editing, and you also need to install Microsoft Office 2003 Proofing Tools for that language.

 
 
Applies to:
Word 2003