Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Word automatically superscripts ordinal numbers, making them look oh-so-spiffy.
An em dash is the official typesetting term for a long dash, longer than the hyphen (or its evil twin,
the en dash). Most people type two hyphens to emulate the em dash. Word fixes that problem:
A red one is a slug bug--not a punch buggy.
As you type the--(dash-dash), AutoFormat replaces it with the official em dash character.
The keyboard shortcut for typing an em dash is Ctrl+Alt+minus sign, where the minus sign is
the minus key on the numeric keypad.
The keyboard shortcut for typing an en dash is Ctrl+minus sign.
The en dash is approximately the width of the letter N. Likewise, the em dash is the
width of the letter M.
Formatting tricks for paragraphs
At the paragraph level, AutoFormat helps you quickly handle some otherwise irksome formatting
issues. Some folks like this feature, some despise it. The following sections provide a few examples of
what AutoFormat is capable of.
If you find any of these AutoFormat tricks annoying, refer to the later section, “Disabling
the @#$%&! AutoFormat,” for information on shutting the dern thing off!
Anytime you start a paragraph with a number, Word assumes (through AutoFormat) that you need
all your paragraphs numbered. Here’s the proof:
Things to do today:
1. Get new treads for the tank.
Immediately after typing 1., you probably saw the infamous AutoFormat Lightning Bolt
icon and noticed your text being reformatted. Darn, this thing is quick! That’s AutoFormat guessing
that you’re about to type a list. Go ahead and finish typing the line; after you press Enter, you see the
next line begin with the number 2.