Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Inserting the Date, Time, and Document Properties
Table 7-2 Break Characters
To Insert
Line break
Page break
Column break
Nonbreaking space
Nonbreaking hyphen
Optional hyphen
Inserting a nonbreaking space or hyphen ensures that the line won’t end at that character;
instead, the word preceding the nonbreaking character moves down to the next line. An
optional hyphen is normally invisible, but if it falls near the end of a line, Word inserts a
hyphen and a line break at that point.
Word has two other characters for managing line breaks: a no-width optional break and a
no-width non break. These work like spaces and nonbreaking spaces, respectively, except
that they don’t occupy any space. By default, no shortcut key exists for these characters.
To enter them, go to the Special Characters tab in the Symbol dialog box. (If you use them
often, select one in that dialog box and click Shortcut Key to assign your own shortcut key.)
You manage hyphenation by clicking Hyphenation (in the Page Setup group) on the Page
Layout tab. Hyphenation is turned off by default. If you choose Automatic, Word
hyphenates your entire document without further intervention. If you choose Manual, Word asks
about each word it proposes to hyphenate. You can accept Word’s suggestion (indicated by
a lashing cursor) by clicking Yes; move the insertion point to your preferred break and click
Yes; or click No to prevent hyphenating the word.
Inserting the Date, Time, and Document Properties
You’ll often want to include the current date in a document, such as when you’re typing a
letter. The simplest way to do this is to let AutoText take over. Begin typing the date (spelled
out or in m/d/y format), and after you type the fourth character, a pop-up tip offers to
complete the date if you would be so kind as to press Enter. Fair enough.
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