Extra Tip of the Day from the Peanut Gallery

Christian L. shared a quick way to get the correct length of line for a hyphen, en-dash and em-dash. He noted that the shortest keyboard sequence resulted in the shortest length of the line. This only works in Microsoft Word using the minus sign on the number keypad to the right, not the hyphen in the top row of letters.

Em dash (as in “Fig. 1—Well schematic”)
Keyboard sequence: Ctrl Alt –

En dash (as in “1980–90”)
Keyboard sequence: Ctrl –

Hyphen (as in “re-elect”)
      Keyboard sequence: –


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