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OpenOffice Writer User Guide
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Inserting dashes and non-breaking spaces

Non-breaking spaces

To prevent two words from being separated at the end of a line, press Control+spacebarafter the first word.

Non-breaking hyphen

You can use a non-breaking hyphen in cases where you do not want the hyphen to appear at the end of a line. Examples of non-breaking hyphens are: in a range such as A Z or the hyphens in a telephone number, such as 123 4567. To insert a non-breaking hyphen, press Shift+Ctrl+minus sign.

En and em dashes

To enter en and em dashes, use the Replace dashes option under Tools > AutoCorrect > Options (Figure 56). This option replaces two hyphens, under certain conditions, with the corresponding dash.

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