How to remove hyphens in Microsoft Word

When you write a text in your Word document, you can automatically see a hyphen at the end of each line. A hyphen is a symbol (-) that joins words together. You can control the hyphens in your Word document. There are several ways to turn off automatic hyphenation in Word. Do you also want to get rid of a nonbreaking hyphen in Word? Follow the steps to remove hyphens in Microsoft Word.

Turn off the automatic hyphenation in Word

There is a hyphenation tool in your Word document that you can manage. For example, you can turn off the hyphenation of your entire Word document. However, it will ultimately change the look of your Word document.

  1. Open your Word document and go to Layout
  2. Go to the Page Setup group in the ribbon and click on Hyphenation
  3. From the drop-down menu > select None

This way, you have turned the automatic hyphenation off, and it will remove the hyphens in your Word document. It means that the hyphenation tool was on automatically. You can see the text with hyphenation and without in the below pictures.

If the hyphenation tool is on manually, the hyphens will stay in your Word document. However, there is another way of removing the manually added hyphens in your Word document. Please read further to remove hyphens manually.

Remove hyphens from a paragraph in Microsoft Word

There is another way of removing the automatic hyphens in your Word document. If you want to remove hyphens from selected paragraphs in your Word document, open the Paragraph dialog box.

  • Put your mouse cursor in the paragraph where you want to remove the hyphen. Or select the paragraph where you don’t want to hyphenate.
  • Then go to Home in the ribbon.
  • Click on the small arrow icon at the bottom-right of the Paragraph group.
turn off automatic hyphenation by opening the paragraph dialog box

OR

  • Right-click in the paragraph you want to remove the hyphens.
  • Then select Paragraph.
right-click in the paragraphs to remove the hyphenation in Word.

Now the Paragraph dialog box opens up.

  • Click on the Line and Page Breaks tab above, as you can see in the picture below.
  • Select > Don’t Hyphenate
  • Click on OK
Choose don't hyphenate in the paragraph box - Line and page breaks

Please notice when you select one paragraph, it will only remove the hyphens in this particular paragraph. However, if you select multiple sections, it will remove all hyphens in the selected paragraphs. The picture below shows you the difference when removing all hyphens in one paragraph.

how to remove hyphenation in word

How to remove hyphens manually in a Word document

If you have added hyphens to your Word document manually, you have to delete them another way. You can delete multiple hyphens manually by following the steps below.

  • Go to the Home tab
  • Click on Replace on the right side of the ribbon
Manually added hyphenation

The Find and Replace box opens up.

  • Click on More
Find and Replace dialog box
  • Then click on Special
  • Now select > Optional Hyphen
Select optional hyphen

In the Find what section, you will see the symbols ^- appear.

  • Thereafter, click on Replace All
click on replace all

You will get a pop up, that shows you how many replacements it has done. In our case we added three hyphens manually.

  • Lastly, click OK

It is the fastest way to remove all manual hyphens in your Word document. In the below picture, you can see how the Word document looks like after you have removed all hyphens manually.

all manually added hyphenation removed

Remove automatic hyphens from a single word

First, we showed you how to remove hyphens from one paragraph or an entire Word document. What if you only want to get rid of hyphens from selected words in your Word document? Please continue reading to see how to remove a specific hyphen in Microsoft Word.

The easiest way to remove a specific hyphen in Word

  1. Select the word with the hyphen
  2. Go to the Review tab
  3. Click on Language
  4. Select Set Proofing Language
Remove automatic hyphens from a single word

Now the Language box opens up

  • Tick the check box > Do not check spelling or grammar
  • Click OK

Remember that disabling proofing also disables hyphenation.

In the Language dialog box, please tick on do not check spelling or grammar.

You have removed the hyphenation from the selected word, like in the picture below. As a result, the specific word you have selected will not break at the end of a line.

How to remove a specific word from splitting at the end of a line in Microsoft Word.

Conclusion

You can easily remove hyphenation in your Word document. It is possible to remove hyphens automatically and manually. The easiest way is to select the paragraph you want to remove and go to Layout > Click Hyphenate > None. You can stop words from splitting at the end of each line by choosing don’t hyphenate in the Paragraph dialog box. If you want to remove hyphens manually, you can use the Find and Replace button.

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