Learn how to stop textual content from wrapping in a Phrase doc


Microsoft Phrase’s computerized phrase wrap is handy however generally undesirable. Listed below are two methods to maintain textual content from breaking on the finish of a line.

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Microsoft Phrase routinely wraps from the top of the present line to the start of the subsequent as you kind. In case you insert or delete textual content, every part routinely adjusts to accommodate the change. You do not even give it some thought as you’re employed. As handy as this habits is, you will not all the time wish to wrap textual content when Phrase does. On this article, I am going to present you two straightforward methods to pressure Phrase to maintain textual content collectively as a substitute of breaking it within the center by inserting nonbreaking characters.

I am utilizing Microsoft 365 on a
Windows 10

64-bit system, however you need to use earlier variations. There is not any demonstration file; you will not want one. The browser version helps present nonbreaking characters, however you possibly can’t enter them.

Learn how to insert a nonbreaking house in Phrase

Some phrases want to remain collectively. For instance, you may not wish to separate a avenue quantity from the road identify, otherwise you would possibly wish to hold an individual’s first and final identify collectively. These are extra selection than want, however Phrase provides you the management. When wanting to maintain phrases collectively, insert a nonbreaking house as a substitute of an everyday house between the phrases.

To insert a nonbreaking house, press Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar—it truly is that straightforward. Now, let us take a look at a easy instance. Determine A exhibits “Jane Doe, Ph.D” separated on the proper margin. To maintain the identify collectively, take away the house between Jane and Doe and press Crl+Shift+Spacebar. Subsequent, delete the house between the comma and Ph.D and press Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar. As you possibly can see in Determine B Phrase could not hold the three phrases collectively on the primary line, so it pressured the group to the subsequent.

Determine A

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  As is, “Jane Doe, Ph.D” is separated on the proper margin.

Determine B

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  Add two nonbreaking areas to maintain “Jane Doe, Ph.D” on the identical line.

The outcomes of including the second nonbreaking house aren’t obvious; with out it, Phrase will pull Doe as much as the top of the primary line and wrap “Ph.D” to the start of the second line if you delete a phrase within the first line. Due to the preliminary place, you may not suppose you want the second nonbreaking house, however keep in mind, you do not know the place these three phrases will find yourself within the closing doc.

Maintaining an area from breaking works with complete phrases, however what are you able to do if you do not need Phrase to wrap a hyphenated phrase on the proper margin? That is what we’ll be taught subsequent.

Learn how to insert a nonbreaking hyphen in Phrase

In function, a nonbreaking hyphen is identical as a nonbreaking house, nevertheless it retains Phrase from breaking a hyphenated phrase on the hyphen when wrapping on the proper margin. By inserting a nonbreaking hyphen as a substitute of an everyday hyphen, Phrase will pressure all the phrase to the subsequent line slightly than wrap on the hyphen. Do not confuse this character with hyphenation usually. This character works whether or not hyphenation is enabled or not; they are not the identical factor in any respect.

To enter a nonbreaking hyphen, press Ctrl+Shift+-. Now, let us take a look at a easy instance. Determine C exhibits the phrase “x-ray” wrapping on the proper margin. To maintain that hyphenated phrase collectively, delete the hyphen character and press Ctrl+Shift+-. As you possibly can see in Determine D, Phrase forces each side of the hyphen to the start of the subsequent line.

Determine C

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  Add a nonbreaking hyphen to maintain “x-ray” collectively on the identical line.

Determine D

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  Phrase forces all the phrase to the subsequent line after changing the hyphen with a nonbreaking hyphen.

Learn how to discover nonbreaking characters in Phrase

Eradicating these two particular characters is not troublesome if the place they’re. To see them, click on Present/Disguise within the Paragraph group (on the House tab). Determine E exhibits what they appear like. Particularly, the diploma image (°) represents a nonbreaking house, and an extended hyphen represents a nonbreaking hyphen. Sadly, the latter is troublesome to detect. You need to use Phrase’s Discover characteristic as a substitute. Press Ctrl+F and enter ^s to discover a nonbreaking house and ^~ to discover a nonbreaking hyphen.

Determine E

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  Show nonbreaking areas and hyphens by enabling Present/Disguise.

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When you’re aware of these two characters, you may most likely begin inserting them as you kind content material slightly than making a substitution later. The method shortly turns into a bit intuitive. In a future article, I am going to present you how one can hold traces and paragraphs collectively in two methods: manually making use of a property and including that property to a method. 

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