Adding nonbreaking spaces to avoid wrapping problems

Someone mentioned in a user forum that he thinks en dashes surrounded by spaces ( – ) look better than em dashes (—) in sentences. That’s a matter of personal taste, but if you do go with the en dash, be aware that the en dash may wrap incorrectly when text reflows.

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To avoid this problem, insert a hard space (Type > Insert White Space > Nonbreaking Space) before the en dash. A nonbreaking space essentially joins the dash with the preceding word.

3 Responses to Adding nonbreaking spaces to avoid wrapping problems

  1. Geert says:

    Right. Additional tip to avoid having to go through the way too long menu with the mouse: learn the shortcuts for nonbreaking spaces and en-dashes. You might also use quick apply.

  2. nancy Roberts says:

    I would like to Find the normal space before every ellipsis in my document and Replace with a nonbreaking space. Is there a group of keystrokes for “nonbreaking space” that works in the Find/Replace feature?