Whats this character (¬) and how can I remove it?
Thread poster: Olly Pekelharing

Olly Pekelharing  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 02:25
Member (2009)
Dutch to English
Feb 29, 2012

A Word document contains "¬" characters as some kind of word-break, e.g "De uitvoering van de werkzaamheden wordt onderzocht op overeen¬stemming met de procedures en voorschrif¬ten." When I try to find and replace these characters I find I can copy the character into the find and replace box, but subsequently no instances of it are found. Any clues?

Regards,

Olly


 

Antoní­n Otáhal
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Optional hyphen Feb 29, 2012

It is called "optional hyphen" can be found as such under "More-Special" in the Find&Replace dialog box.

Antonin


 

Tony M  Identity Verified
France
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Yes indeed Feb 29, 2012

But it shouldn't normally be visible; do you perhaps have the 'show hidden characters' option turned on under 'Tools'?

Normally, there should be no harm in leaving them in your document, they shouldn't normally be visible. The only exception, perhaps, is if someone has used the wrong language auto hyphenation feature, in which case the hyphenation might of course not be correct for your language.

Maybe you have 'auto hyphenation' turned on by mistake?


 

Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
OCR Feb 29, 2012

You often get this character in an OCR document. Follow Antonin's suggestion to remove it, especially if you're going to process the file with a CAT tool.

 

Olly Pekelharing  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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optional hyphen Feb 29, 2012

Many thanks, that was the one.

 


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