Microsoft Word/soft spaces/hyphens


Alicia wrote at 2013-12-27 22:46:43
Hard hyphens and spaces typically hold words together, preventing separation at a line break. Soft hyphens allow words to break at the end of the line if needed, but otherwise stay unbroken. Use Ctrl-hyphen to insert a "soft hyphen" you can see in Word, but doesn't print. Other forums report that hyphenation doesn't work the same way in PowerPoint and any hyphens inserted act as "hard hyphens" requiring manual adjustment if font size, margins or words in the line are increased.  

childeroland wrote at 2014-03-14 12:42:19
Soft hyphens in MS Word 2010 can be added by typing: CTRL + - [hyphen].

Check by turning on the invisibles (paragraph symbol) and it should look like this: identifi¬ca¬tion  

rsteer wrote at 2016-08-03 22:03:57
No, Shift-Enter creates a line-return that is NOT a new paragraph.  That's different from what has traditionally been known as a "soft return", which is just as the questioner described it -- an *option* to create a line-break (after a - or /, for instance).

There USED to be a keyboard shortcut for what the questione4r wants to do, but now as far as I can tell, the only way is to choose the INSERT tab on the ribbon, then click on Symbols, then Symbols again if the whole dialog box doesn't pop up right away, then choose the "special characters" tab and scroll down near the bottom to find "No-width optional break".

Putting no-width optional breaks after / or - in hyphenated phrases or "slashed" lists (this/that/other) will allow the line to break after the separator character if it NEEDS to, but will be invisible otherwise.

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