Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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To prevent the space character from breaking a line, press Ctrl+Shift+spacebar.
In either case, a nonbreaking character is inserted into the text. Word doesn’t break a line of text
when you use one of these special characters.
The only way to discern whether your document has a nonbreaking space or hyphen is to
use the Show/Hide command on the Home tab. (It’s the ¶ symbol button.) The code for a
nonbreaking hyphen is a box with a tiny question mark in it. The code for a nonbreaking
space is the degree symbol.
Typing characters such as Ü, Ç, and Ñ
You can be boring and type deja vu or be all fancy and type déjà vu or café or résumé. Your readers
will think that you know your stuff, but what you really know is how to use Word’s diacritical prefix
keys.
Diacritical symbols appear over certain letters in foreign languages and in foreign words borrowed
(stolen, really) into English. To create a diacritical in Word, you press a special Control-key
combination. The key combination you press somewhat represents the diacritical you need, such as Ctrl+’
to produce the ’ diacritical. The Ctrl-key combination is followed by the character that needs the
new “hat,” as shown in Table 23-1 .
Table 23-1 Those Pesky Foreign Language Characters
Prefix Key
Characters Produced
Ctrl+’
á é í ó ú
Ctrl+`
à è ì ò ù
Ctrl+,
ç
Ctrl+@
å
Ctrl+:
ä ë ï ö ü
Ctrl+^
â ê î ô û
Ctrl+~
ã õ ñ
Ctrl+/
ø
For example, to insert an é into your document, press Ctrl+’ and then type the letter E. Uppercase E
gives you É, and lowercase e gives you é. It makes sense because the ’ (apostrophe) is essentially
the character you’re adding to the vowel.
Be sure to note the difference between the apostrophe (or tick ) and back tick, or accent grave. The
apostrophe (’) is next to your keyboard’s Enter key. The back tick (`) is below the Esc key.
 
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