Hyphens and Special Characters
The hyphen (-) is used for connecting the parts of a compound word. It is used between numbers and letters when naming compounds such as (2Z,6S)-deca-2-en-1,6-diol.
There are two special hyphens (same size as the regular hyphen) that can be used while you are formatting your document:
The em dash (—) [Key combination: command+option+numpad- or shift+option-] is the longest dash. It occupies the same space as the letter "M". It is used where you would use two hyphens: Chemistry--Organic should be converted to Chemistry—Organic.
The en dash (–) [Key combination: command+numpad- or option-] takes up one-half of the letter "M". It is used for series and minus signs. For example:
The degree symbol 120 °C [Key combination: option+shift+8]. Note the space after the number.
The bullet BH3•DMS [Key combination: option+8].
All the chacters listed can be inserted using MSWord's using the menu [Insert-->Insert special...]
Last Updated: April 22, 2001
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