Microsoft Word 2010 offers an AutoCorrect feature, which includes a subset of functions called AutoFormat. One AutoFormat feature turns hyphens into dashes automatically, saving you the trouble of inserting long dashes manually. If you type a word, then type two hyphens in a row, then type another word and then type a space or punctuation mark, this AutoFormat function transforms the two hyphens into a long dash. If you include a space on each side of the double hyphen, the function turns the hyphens into a shorter dash that's still longer than a hyphen.
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Click the "File" tab on the Ribbon, opening the Backstage view.
Click "Options" on the left side of the Backstage view, launching the Word Options dialogue box.
Click the "Proofing" tab on the Word Options dialogue box.
Click the "AutoCorrect Options" button near the top of the dialogue box.
Click the "AutoFormat As You Type" tab.
Click the box next to "Hyphens (--) with dash (-)," under the heading "Replace as you type." If the box displays a check mark, then clicking it will deselect the option; if the box is empty, then clicking it will add a check mark to select the option.
If you type a double-hyphen, then Word will replace it with a long dash, if you select this option. Without this option, the two hyphens will remain two hyphens.
Click "OK" at the bottom of the AutoCorrect menu, then click "OK" on the Word Options menu.
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