Were you aware that there are different types of dashes that you can use in Word? And why would you use them?
Well, typographers use different dashes for different things! Actually the only difference between the dashes is their width.
If you click on your minus key, the result is a very narrow dash. A longer dash is called the en dash, but it still is not very wide in my humble opinion. The reason it is called an en dash is because it is the same width as a lowercase n. It is typically used to denote a range of numbers.
The wider dash, which I prefer, is the em dash. You guessed it – it got its name because it is the same width as a lowercase m. Now the em dash is usually used in sentences (i.e., between clauses).
So now that you know the difference between these dashes and how they are used you can diversify and there are two ways in which you can access these tabs.
Follow the steps below to learn how:
- To insert an en dash in your document, hold down your Alt key while on your numeric keypad, clicking 0150.
- To insert an em dash, hold down your Alt key and click 0151 on your numeric keypad.
Another quicker way to accomplish the same thing is to use the minus key on your numeric keypad:
- CTRL + – will insert an en dash
- CTRL + ALT + – will insert an em dash