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Auto hyphenation of long words creates nonsense - swith off Autohyphenate

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My kids often bring home work from school that they have produced on the computer. One piece recently caused a real song and dance, parent-child argument over the use of hyphens in words. I was complaining that you can't just merrily hyphenate a word just because it won't fit within the text box on a piece of work to be told that the system adds the hyphen itself.

Having argued that it wouldn't do that because it created bad grammar/spelling (must check this to make sure I don't have either of these) I tried it in Publisher and lo & behold, when typing text into a text box, rather than wrapping it will add a hyphen and carry the rest of the word to the next line. Hideous or what???

Is this a setting that can be switched off?? Being somewhat of a pedant, I detest seeing misuse of hyphens.

Assistance much appreciated.

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Rob H
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From MS: Hyphenate text manually...

Hope that helps
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Hi Paul,

Looks like this will help. I will try on the PC when I get home and let you know.

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Rob H
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by:Rob Henson
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Apologies for the delay on checking out the solution.

I have found the setting referred to in that link and it would appear that it is for the current story only. Ideally, I was looking for something as a default setting.

In the meantime, as I haven't had any other responses, I will have to use this and remember to do it on each publication.

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Rob H
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I had a second look and you are correct, it seems that Automatic Hyphenation must be turned off in each document!

Tools -> Language -> Hyphenation. Select all, Uncheck *Automatically hyphenate this story...

It seems that this is the only way to go!
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