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Blank space with hidden character that disables "end of line" in Word
Thread poster: Carlos Segura
Carlos Segura  Identity Verified
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Mar 12, 2009

Sorry to bother you all with such a trivial matter.

I use this with numbers, for instance, 2 500 kW, where I wouldn't and end of line after "2" or after "2 500".

I imagine many of you have used this. I discovered and started using it quite a few months ago, but after two or three weeks without using it, I've forgotten its shortcut in the keyboard, can't find it in Word's help (I don't even know the specific name for it). I don't know what this says about my brain function.

I would be grateful for a reminder of its keyboard shortcut.

Many thanks in advance!

Carlos


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Sergei Leshchinsky  Identity Verified
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CTRL+SHIFT+Space Mar 12, 2009

Also menu: Insert Character - Special - ...

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Melissa Medart  Identity Verified
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ALT + 0160 Mar 12, 2009

I prefer CTRL+SHIFT+space too in Word, but in powerpoint presentations, I use ALT+0160 since CTRL+SHIFT+space doesn't work.

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Noni Gilbert
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Thank you Mar 12, 2009

Both to Sergei for reminding us how and to you Carlos for pointing out that you can do it anyway - I've long been frustrated by occasions like the one you mention!

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Vito Smolej
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it's not trivial, it's essential sometimes Mar 12, 2009

... like in PIL/SPC (where it is mandatory in specified places).

Hint: ^s in search and replace, so one can hunt "wrong" spaces by replacing [0-9] kW with [0-9]^skW


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Per Magnus  Identity Verified
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Microsoft Help Mar 12, 2009

Carlos Segura wrote:
can't find it in Word's help (I don't even know the specific name for it).


Microsoft help is not really helpful. Anyone knows a link to a place where these special characters are described?


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Tony M  Identity Verified
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Insert > Special characters menu Mar 12, 2009

Per Magnus wrote:
Anyone knows a link to a place where these special characters are described?


The menu under 'Insert' is actually quite a bit of help on this one.

For reference, the character being discussed here is frequently known as a 'non-breaking space', often abbreviated or found in code as [nbsp]

There is also an equivalent non-breaking hyphen, which is very handy; but woe is me, there is not a 'non-breaking en dash' [ – ] this is a constant pain to me, when, for example, I don't want something like 2005–7 to break at the end of a line; both the en dash and em dash [ — ] are treated by Word as if they were simple hyphens. But I have found a workaround, which is to use the Unicode minus sign − which is not treated as a hyphen, and so doesn't break! Sadly, don't know how to make the keyboard shortcut work for this, but at least it is available from the 'special characters' menu

[Edited at 2009-03-12 22:19 GMT]


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Carlos Segura  Identity Verified
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Thank you! Mar 13, 2009

Big thanks to All for your help, it is very much appreciated.

Kindest regards, Carlos


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Vito Smolej
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a macro to enter a Unicode character Mar 13, 2009

Tony M wrote:
....don't know how to make the keyboard shortcut work for this...


Sub enterMinus()
Selection.TypeText Text:=ChrW(&0336)
End Sub

(you can simply "record macro" it, then it does exactly what you are typing anyhow)

I assume &0336 is the right unicode character. What you need then is just
a) add the macro to normal.dot
b) define some keyboard accelerator (Ctrl - for instance, not used in default word) to execute this macro


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