Use nonbreaking spaces and nonbreaking hyphens in Word

Applies to
Microsoft Word 2000

There are times when you are working in a document and need to control how text wraps at the end of a line. For example, you may want a customer's first and last name to appear on the same line. Or, you may want a hyphenated word or a telephone number to appear on one line.

You can fine-tune the appearance of text in a document by inserting nonbreaking spaces and nonbreaking hyphens.

Inserting nonbreaking spaces and nonbreaking hyphens

If you need to prevent a line break between two words, you can insert a nonbreaking space between the words. If you have a hyphenated word or number that cannot be separated by a line break, insert a nonbreaking hyphen.

To insert a nonbreaking space or nonbreaking hyphen

  1. Click where you want to insert the nonbreaking space or nonbreaking hyphen.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • If you want to insert a nonbreaking space, press CTRL+SHIFT+SPACEBAR.
    • If you want to insert a nonbreaking hyphen, press CTRL+SHIFT+HYPHEN.

If the entire phrase or hyphenated item doesn't fit on the current line, Word moves it to the beginning of the next line.

 Note   If you save a document in the Web Page format by using the Save As dialog box in Word, nonbreaking spaces are converted to HTML. Nonbreaking hyphens, however, are not supported in HTML.

Viewing nonbreaking spaces and nonbreaking hyphens

If you want to view the nonbreaking spaces or nonbreaking hyphens in a document, turn on formatting marks in Word by clicking Show/Hide on the Standard toolbar. Word uses a degree symbol (°) to represent a nonbreaking space and a double-length hyphen to represent a nonbreaking hyphen.

If you want to view the nonbreaking spaces in an HTML document by using your Web browser, click Source on the View menu. Nonbreaking spaces appear as   in the document.

Searching for nonbreaking spaces and nonbreaking hyphens

You can search for nonbreaking spaces and nonbreaking hyphens in a Word document by using the Find and Replace dialog box.

To search for nonbreaking spaces and nonbreaking hyphens

  1. On the Edit menu, click Find.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • In the Find what box, type ^s to search for nonbreaking spaces or ^~ to search for nonbreaking hyphens, and then click Find Next.
    • Click More and then Special. Click Nonbreaking Space or Nonbreaking Hyphen, and then click Find Next.