Tip of the week # 567
18 March 2019

Improve readability by keeping certain words on the same line (Word and Outlook) *

This week's tip is inspired by Stefanie (thanks, Stefanie!) who told me about "geschuetzter Leerschritt", known as non-breaking spaces in English.

As with all word-processing programs, it is not necessary to press ENTER at the end of a line - Word (and Outlook) automatically moves the insertion point from line to line. But there might be times you don't want this to happen. For example, if the text is "100 pounds" you might want to keep the two words on the same line to improve readability. If you use a non-breaking space between 100 and pounds and it would not fit at the end of a line, the two words are moved in its entirety to the next line.

Here's how:

  1. Click where you want to insert the non-breaking space.

For those of you who prefer to use your mouse:

  1. Click where you want to insert the non-breaking space.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Symbols group, click Symbol.
  3. Click More Symbols.
  4. On the Special Characters tab, click Nonbreaking Space and click Insert.
  5. Click Close.

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* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.