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OpenOffice 3.x Getting Started Guide
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Hyphenating words

To turn automatic hyphenation of words on or off:

  1. Press F11 to open the Styles and Formatting window.
  2. On the Paragraph Styles page of the Styles and Formatting window, right-click on Default in the list and select Modify.
  3. Modifying a style.
  4. On the Paragraph Style dialog, go to the Text Flow page.
  5. Under Hyphenation, select or deselect the Automatically option. Click OK to save.
Image:documentation_note.png Turning on hyphenation for the Default paragraph style affects all other paragraph styles that are based on Default. You can individually change other styles so that hyphenation is not active; for example, you might not want headings to be hyphenated. Any styles that are not based on Default are not affected. For more on paragraph styles, see Chapter 6 (Introduction to Styles) and Chapter 7 (Working with Styles) in the Writer Guide.
Turning on automatic hyphenation.

You can also set hyphenation choices through Tools > Options > Language Settings > Writing Aids. In Options, near the bottom of the dialog, scroll down to the find the hyphenation settings.

Setting hyphenation options.
Image:documentation_note.png Hyphenation options set on the Writing Aids dialog are effective only if hyphenation is turned on through paragraph styles.

Choices on the Writing Aids dialog for “characters before line break” and “characters after line break” override settings in paragraphs styles for “characters at line end” and “characters at line begin”.

To enter a conditional hyphen inside a word, press Control+minus sign. The word is hyphenated at this position when it is at the end of the line, even if automatic hyphenation for this paragraph is switched off.

To insert non-breaking hyphen, press Control+Shift+minus sign.

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