how do I type out a long dash using the keyboard?

(Windows XP Microsoft Word)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    it's called an em dash. —

    microsoft word automatically creates it when you type in two dashes -- followed by a space.

    alternatively, you can hold down the ALT key, and then type in 0151 on the numeric keypad to create it.

    make sure to type in all four digits, not 151, but 0151.

    if you want more special characters. go to windows start, click on programs, then click on accessories, and select the character map.

  • 3 years ago

    Long Dash

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  • Karon
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

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    Try these: CTRL/Numeric - (the - next to the numeric keypad) gets an en-dash. ALT/CTRL/Numeric - (the - next to the numeric keypad) gets an em-dash To see these and several other special characters, do this: 1. Click the Insert->Special Characters menu item. 2. Click the Special Characters tab. Hope that helps.

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  • 3 years ago

    Long Hyphen

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  • 1 decade ago

    One addendum to Soothsayer's last note: Your keyboard must be in NumLock mode for that numeric keypad trick to work.

    Hope that helps.

    • Kati6 years agoReport

      No, I just did it without the num lock.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Two hyphens -- like this. Word will automatically convert it into an EM dash. (By the way using the two hyphen method is useful if you are not using a Unicode-enabled system for whatever reason.)

    • Kati6 years agoReport

      But he was asking how to make it on a keyboard, not on word.

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  • 6 years ago

    You don't have to click num lock just — alt 0151

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  • 1 decade ago

    Alt + 0150 on the num pad

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    • 6 years agoReport

      Yes, that is a short dash: –
      For a em dash it is alt 0151: —

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  • 6 years ago

    ctrl + dash on the Numeric keypad

    This is the easiest way

    • 5 years agoReport

      That is actually an "en" dash instead of an "em" dash. If you compare them, you will notice that one is the size of an 'N' and the other is the size of an 'M'. They actual have different meanings...

      http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/HyphensEnDashesEmDashes/faq0002.html

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    you can make an underscore and just make a lot of them: _

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    you press shift and its the button on the right of the "0"

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