Documentation/How Tos/Inserting En and Em Dashes with Keyboard

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The Apache OpenOffice help describes two ways to enter en and em dashes: using the Replace dashes option under Tools > AutoCorrect > Options and through the Insert > Special Characters menu (selecting the U+2013 or U+2014 character, respectively).

Many people prefer to use keyboard shortcuts, especially when copyediting.

The required shortcuts depend on your operating system.


Template:Documentation/Windows Hold down one of the Alt keys and type on the numeric keypad: 0150 for an en dash or 0151 for an em dash. The dash appears when you release the Alt key.


Template:Documentation/Linux Hold down the Compose key and type two hyphens and a period for an en dash, or three hyphens for an em dash. The dash appears when you release the Compose key.


Template:Documentation/OSX Hold down the Option (Alt) key and type a hyphen for an en dash. For an em dash, the combination is Shift+Option+Hyphen.

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