How to insert an emdash in Microsoft Word
An emdash is a long dash that looks like this—and is used in a sentence to set
off a phrase.
Method 1: AutoFormat as you type
As you are typing, type two dashes with no spaces. Keep on typing the next
word. When you complete the next word and press the spacebar, Word will
automatically insert an emdash in place of the two hyphens.
If you type a hyphen with a space on either side, Word will automatically insert an
endash, which looks like this – and is shorter than an emdash.
Method 2: Insert the emdash from the Symbol menu
On the Menu bar, click on Insert, find Symbol and click on the Special Characters
tab. The emdash is the first one. You might notice that the keyboard shortcut
given below in option 2 is displayed.
Method 3: After you have typed a document and are editing
Put the I-beam where you want the emdash to be and do one of the following:
1. Press the ALT key plus 0151 on the number keypad.
2. Press CTRL and ALT and the minus sign on the number keypad.
3. Insert the special character from the Symbol menu, as noted in Method 2.