The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
(Part 2 - coming soon)

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Non-breaking space in Pages or Microsoft Word!

A great tip submitted by Dominic P. Tremblay: Non-breaking space in Pages or Microsoft Word! A non-breaking space is very useful when typing a document and the automatic formatting chooses to cut the sentence at an undesired place. For example, cutting a sentence with an "Enter" right between "Mr." and "Steve Jobs" looks weird:

This issue can be solved with a non-breaking space. In either Pages or Microsoft Word, you simply have to press "Option-Space". The result looks like this:

Thanks Dominic for the great tip!


Blogger Bryan said...

hmm handy tip, only thing will be if I'll remember HOW to do it when I need to! :)

May 2, 2007 at 2:06 AM  
Blogger HCD said...

I used to use Shift-Enter, which pushes the cursor down one line (which is different to a carriage return/line break).

May 2, 2007 at 3:00 AM  
Blogger er3L said...

to bryan; remeber the basic premise of the option metakey is that 'if you can something, the option key can make it better.' Everything's better with option-key on it!

re hcd; the big difference is that shift-enter inserts a permanent line break even after editing of preceding text where the non-breaking space (non-breaking hyphens also available) only manifests at the end of a line.

May 2, 2007 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Lance said...

Just about every application known to man treats the 'option-space' this way.

Also, a 'shift-return' is called a soft return. It forces a 'carriage return' (CR) but NOT an 'end of paragraph' (EOP).

All of these keystrokes can help format text to your liking.

May 2, 2007 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Diligence109 said...

cool stuff guys! learned alot from comments in this one...

May 2, 2007 at 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This may be a dumb question but I've only had my mac for a couple weeks. How do I hide the page breaks in Microsoft Word? Is this possible? Thanks.

May 2, 2007 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger penandra said...

To tag on to er3l, if you haven't already found it, this page has a list of keystroke shortcuts and don't overlook the symbol widget available from

May 3, 2007 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger J. Gary Ellison said...

This does not work in Mac Mail.

January 23, 2010 at 10:19 PM  
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April 18, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Yikes, I bound option-space to Quicksilver. Maybe because of that Word now uses "Control-Shift-Space" (without me having set it).

In any case, one can also insert this using the Menu "Insert" > "Symbol..." then click on the tab "Special Characters". There are all kinds of characters there as well as their associated short cuts.

June 27, 2011 at 5:45 AM  

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