Stop replacing a hyphen/dash with an Em Dash

Posted on 2011-04-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
How can I stop Windows Live Mail from replacing a hyphen/dash with an Em Dash?

Type a word and a space...type a dash and a space...type a word and a space...hit return and whamo....I got an em dash.

If it helps I am running Window Live Mail 2011 and Word 2000.

Question by:Mitchel-T
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    Accepted Solution

    An en dash is created when you type: word space hyphen space word.  It's slightly longer than a hyphen.

    An em dash is created when you type: word hyphen hyphen word (no spaces).  It's slightly longer than an en dash.

    If you are putting a break between phrases -- to create a separate but related thought -- then an en dash is actually what you want.  It's a pause in thought.  A hyphen should only be used to join related words that would normally be a single word but aren't, like up-to-date.  In which case you do not put spaces around the hyphens.

    Now, if you want to stop Word from doing those automatic conversions for you, the next time it does it a little auto format icon will pop up (it looks like a little notepad with a lightening bolt on it), click that and you can choose to turn off the hyphen to en dash conversion permanently (until you turn it back on).
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    Assisted Solution

    Or you can turn off the automatic conversion in Word by going to Tools/AutoCorrect Options, AutoFormat tab, and uncheck Replace Hyphens with dash

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