Solved

How do I use a hyphen in equation editor without it automatically inserting spaces either side?

Posted on 2013-05-16
4
3,518 Views
Last Modified: 2013-05-16
I am using Equation Editor 3.0 in Word 2002.  I am fine using the default settings of Equation Editor but when I want to hyphenate a word it automatically puts spaces either side of the hyphen, as if it is a minus sign.  How can I stop it from doing this without turning off all the automatic spaces?
0
Comment
Question by:nowthenee
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:nowthenee
ID: 39170761
OK, I have stumbled across the answer:
In the Equation Editor, there is an option in the "Spaces and Ellipses" set of options.  You need to click on the one that has a letter a and b with a caret (hat) below them.  Unfortunately that leaves no intelligent spacing, or whatever that is called.

What surprised me a bit though:
I tried reducing the "spacing adjustment" from 100% to 1% (minimum allowable), with a view to inserting my own spaces manually from the "Spaces and Ellipses" options.  When I did though, those spaces were now shrunken compared with previously.  You see, I wouldn't mind just putting in all my spaces manually but I can't work out how to do that.  if anyone can answer that, then there are points till up for grabs.
0
 
LVL 51

Accepted Solution

by:
Rgonzo1971 earned 500 total points
ID: 39170768
Hi,

I think you should use the normal "Text" Style

see Menu Style

Regards
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:nowthenee
ID: 39170910
Yes, I think your right. I wanted it to be italicised, so I just had to alter the definition of the text so that it was italicised.  The only problem with that is that I might want it to be italicised sometimes but not others.  Do you know how to do that?
0
 
LVL 92

Expert Comment

by:Patrick Matthews
ID: 39171174
I would avoid the use of hyphens altogether in Equation Editor: the similarity to the minus sign just makes it too likely, IMHO, that a reader will mistake a hyphen for a minus sign, and thus misunderstand your equation.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Path Explorer

An intuitive utility to help find the CSS path to UI elements on a webpage. These paths are used frequently in a variety of front-end development and QA automation tasks.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When creating Microsoft Word-based forms there may be a need to have a form field repeated throughout the whole document. For instance, with a company name, you may want this information repeated automatically throughout the document rather than man…
Preface: When I started this series, I used the term CommandBars because that is the Office Object class that it discusses. Unfortunately, when Microsoft introduced Office 2007, they replaced the standard Commandbar menus with "The Ribbon" and rem…
This video walks the viewer through the process of creating envelopes and labels, with multiple names and addresses. Navigate to the “Start Mail Merge” button in the Mailings tab: Follow the step-by-step process until asked to find the address doc…
This video walks the viewer through the process of creating Hyperlinks for the web and other documents. Select the "Insert" tab: Click "Hyperlink":  Type "http://" followed by a web address to reference a website or navigate to a document to ref…

696 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question