When you type a space and one or two hyphens between text, Microsoft Office Word automatically inserts an en dash ( – ). For example, if you type See pages 3 - 10, Word converts it to See pages 3 – 10.
If you type two hyphens and do not include a space before the hyphens, an em dash ( — ) is created. For example, if you type Many pines--including ponderosa and lodgepole--grow here Word converts it to Many pines—including ponderosa and lodgepole—grow here.
What do you want to do?
Automatically format hyphens as en and em dashes
- Click the Microsoft Office Button , and then click Word Options.
- Click Proofing, and then click AutoCorrect Options.
- Click the AutoFormat As You Type tab, and then select the Hyphens (--) with dash (—) check box.
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Undo automatically formatted en and em dashes
You can use the AutoCorrect Options button to change automatically formatted en or em dashes back to hyphens.
- Rest the pointer near the en or em dash until a small, blue rectangle appears.
- Point to the rectangle to display the AutoCorrect Options button , and then click the button.
- Do one of the following:
- To undo only the selected dash, click Undo Dash.
- To undo the selected dash and prevent Word from converting future hyphens to dashes, click Stop Automatically Creating Dashes.
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