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    How do you type an M-Dash on this message board? SOLVED

    Discussion in 'Support & Feedback' started by Xoic, Jan 20, 2020.

    Normally I just press Alt+(dash key) and double-tap. It makes a double-length dash. But when I try it here I just get 2 n-dashes with a space between. Like this: --

    I've seen people use them in here, and they're pretty useful (necessary at times) So what gives? Is there a cheat code you have to enter? A secret incantation? A fee?

    Please help,
    Perplexed in Peoria
     
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    — = alt + 0151

    Press alt key and hold it while pressing the numbers.

    It must be numberpad numbers. Don't work with the numbers above the WASD for some reason.
     
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    Xoic Prognosticator of Arcana Ridiculosum Contributor

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    [testing:] — --
    Wow, that actually works! I thought you were messin' with me lol! Though I was confused until I realized you hit = instead of +. It really does seem like a cheat code!

    Tried it just hitting a 1 instead of all the numbers and it gave me a smiley—this one: ☺

    Need to stick a note on my computer till I get that memorized.

    Thanks Madman! In your honor I shall now think of it as a Mad-Dash.
     
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    Microsoft Words utilizes a lot of these codes for different non-standard symbols. These codes are simply the short-cut method of performing the same actions. I didn't know this applied to the forums, but I can' say I'm surprised.
     
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    Alt+[character code] is a Windows-feature and tends to work in most (but not all!) places on Windows computers. :)
    It's possible to write any character this way; you just need to know its ASCII or Unicode code.
     
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    Is it worth mentioning that you need to use the numeric keypad for this, not the numbers along the top, so on a laptop with no separate numerics you either have to put the numlock on and type alt +MJIM or use fn + alt + MJIM

    ASCII codes are tremendously useful for me as my -restricted size- keyboard is set to US so has no alt + MJOL or "£" key as we Brits call it... :cool:
     
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    I was hoping it would work in Word Starter (a stripped-down free version of Word which is what I'm using on the laptop) but it doesn't. However it does sporadically turn some of my double-dashes into m-dashes, so I just have to do a search and replace to change the rest.
     
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    My most frequently used ones are ¹ (Alt+251), ² (Alt+253), ³ (Alt+252) and ° (Alt+0176; a degree symbol rather than a zero).
     
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    If I could remember that many ASCII codes I would learn to play the piano (c:
     
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    Figured out how to do it on a Mac. I use both, and that trick above doesn't work on the Mac, but what does is to hold down Shift and Command while pressing the minus key. A bit simpler than the ASCII code for the Windows version.

    Confusingly, I use a Windows keyboard with my Mac, so it's the ALT key rather than Command.
     
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    Em Dash on a Chromebook:

    New problem, new solution. I got a Chromebook which uses the Chrome OS, and none of the above techniques work. So I did a little snooping and found this:

    Type Ctrl+Shift+U, then on the numerical keypad type 2014 (it makes a sort of U shape) and then hit the Enter key.

    It works. Apparently the first part, typing Ctrl+Shift+U, enters you into Unicode, and then 2014 is the specific code for an em dash. But you need to hit Enter afterwards or nothing happens.
     

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