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376 Views 5 Replies Last post: Nov 27, 2017 3:49 PM by Maaku RSS
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Nov 26, 2017 4:46 PM

How to find "funky" en dash in document

My document/manuscript decided to go format itself and randomly turn some of my em dashes (—) into weird en dashes ( - ) as in, with the space, and really a tad longer than the usual hypen but shorter than an em dash. Well I can't c&p to find and replace it, and I can't figure out how to type it that way so that my find and replace function can find (and thus replace) it. I surely don't wish to go through 90,000 words to find the errors.  Thank you.

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1. Nov 26, 2017 6:56 PM in response to: gdavies
Re: How to find "funky" en dash in document

If copy/paste and find/replace doesn't work, unfortunately the only way to find them is manually.

 

 

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2. Nov 26, 2017 7:26 PM in response to: gdavies
Re: How to find "funky" en dash in document

On a Mac, Ctrl + hyphen gives an en dash, and Ctrl + Shift + hyphen gives an em dash. I expect Windows is similar, but I’m not sure. You can use those keyboard shortcuts to search and replace.

 

-Ron

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3. Nov 26, 2017 7:54 PM in response to: gdavies
Re: How to find "funky" en dash in document

Copy and paste, as Michelle alluded to, should work swimmingly. Copy from text, paste into the Find function's fields. It works in Word, OpenOffice, and every other document-creation program I've ever used. In fact, I've used the method to do the very thing you want.

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5. Nov 27, 2017 3:49 PM in response to: gdavies
Re: How to find "funky" en dash in document

Now you might want to check the autocorrect settings to make sure that your software doesn't get any more silly ideas into its head.

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