‑ Non-Breaking Hyphen Symbol (Meaning, Type on Keyboard, Copy & Paste)

This post will teach you a lot about the Non-Breaking Hyphen Symbol.

First, we’ll look at its meaning, HTML, CSS, and Alt codes, Copy & Paste button, then the steps you may take to type this symbol text on your keyboard, and many more.

Without any further ado, let’s get started.      

Copy Non-Breaking Hyphen Symbol Text

The easiest way to get the Non-Breaking Hyphen text symbol is to copy and paste it wherever you need it. The copy button above will save you some time in doing so.

After copying this symbol, you can paste it anywhere by pressing Ctrl and V on your keyboard.

Meaning of the Non-Breaking Hyphen Symbol

A Non-Breaking Hyphen (also known as a “hard hyphen” or “non-breaking dash”) is a special type of hyphen that prevents a word or a phrase from being broken at the hyphen when it is divided between two lines of text. In other words, a non-breaking hyphen ensures that the two parts of a hyphenated word are always kept together on the same line, without any line break in between.

This is particularly useful in situations where breaking a word at the hyphen could cause confusion or misinterpretation, such as in phone numbers, dates, or compound words where the meaning could be altered if the word is split between two lines.

In Unicode, the Non-Breaking Hyphen text symbol is the character at code point U+2011. Its HTML code is ‑ and you can type it on your keyboard by pressing Shift + Ctrl + _ or Alt + 8209 (in MS Word Only). 

Continue reading for more details on this symbol.

Non-Breaking Hyphen Information Table

The table below depicts a bird’s-eye-view of the Non-Breaking Hyphen symbol.

It summarizes to include all the essential and technical information about this symbol. We will keep updating it to include the latest facts.

NAMENon-breaking hyphen symbol
CATEGORYPunctuation Symbols
SHORTCUT 1 (MS WORD)Alt + 8209
SHORTCUT 2 (MS WORD)Ctrl + Shift + _
SHORTCUT 3 (MS WORD)2011, Alt + X

To the best of our ability, the above table presents some technical information about this text Symbol, including the keyboard shortcut, Unicode, and HTML code.

Continue reading to better understand how to type this symbol using the keyboard and other methods.

How to Type the Non-Breaking Hyphen Symbol

Although there is no dedicated key on the keyboard to type the Non-Breaking Hyphen symbol, you can still get it through the keyboard.

You can also insert this symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Google Docs if you use one of the Microsoft Office or Google apps.

Below you’ll find several methods for accessing this symbol, including keyboard shortcuts and methods utilizing MS Office and Google Docs’ built-in navigation systems.

Using the Non-Breaking Hyphen Shortcut in Word

The non-breaking hyphen symbol key is not present on the keyboard. But you can use a keyboard shortcut to insert it on most keyboards.

Press the following keys together to get the non-breaking hyphen symbol:

Shift + Ctrl + _

You can also insert this symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Google Docs if you use one of the Microsoft Office or Google apps.

Below you’ll find several methods for accessing this symbol, including keyboard shortcuts and methods utilizing MS Office and Google Docs’ built-in navigation systems.

The Non-Breaking Hyphen Alt Code (Keyboard Shortcut for MS Word Only)

The Non-Breaking Hyphen Alt Code is Alt + 8209.

Note: This Alt Code shortcut works in Microsoft Word for Windows only.

This Alt code method can be used to type this symbol by holding down the Alt key while typing 8209 on the separate numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard.

Below is a detailed step-by-step guide you may use to type the Symbol for the Identical To with your keyboard.

  • Open your Microsoft Word document where you need to type this symbol.
  • Place your cursor in the document where you need to type this symbol.
  • On the keyboard, press down the Alt key with one hand.
  • As you hold down the Alt key, use your other hand to press the Non-Breaking Hyphen symbol Alt Code (8209).
  • Now release the Alt key.

After you release the Alt key, the symbol (‑) will immediately appear precisely where you place the cursor.

Insert Non-Breaking Hyphen Symbol in Word/Excel/PowerPoint

Using this simple mouse navigation, you can quickly insert the non-breaking hyphen Symbol into Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

The steps below will show you how to insert this symbol in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

  • Open your Word or Excel, or PowerPoint document.
  • Go to the Insert tab.
  • On the far-right section, you’ll see the Symbols group. Select Symbol > More Symbols.

The Symbol window will appear.

  • Select the Special Characters tab and find the non-breaking hyphen symbol lying just below the Em dash and En dash symbols. The Non-Breaking Hyphen sign will be selected as soon as you click it.
Insert Non-Breaking Hyphen Symbol in Word
  • Insert it into your Word document by clicking the Insert button.
  • Close the Symbol dialog.

These are the steps for inserting the Non-Breaking Hyphen symbol (‑) and any other symbol in Microsoft Word or other Office apps on Windows and Mac OS.

Non-Breaking Hyphen Symbol In Google Docs

Google Docs is another text editor with which users may struggle to type or insert the Non-Breaking Hyphen sign.

Meanwhile, Google Docs provides the most straightforward method for inserting symbols not found on the keyboard.

Without further ado, let’s get into it.

To get this Symbol in Google Docs:

  • Launch Google Docs and position your cursor where the symbol will be inserted.
  • Go to Insert > Special Characters.

The Insert special characters window will appear, which includes a search bar and a drawing pad.

  • Using the Search bar, search for the non-breaking hyphen. Then, double-click on the text Symbol in the search results to insert it into Google Docs.
  • You can also draw the Non-Breaking Hyphen Symbol using the drawing pad below the search bar. If Google Docs recognizes the drawing, it will display the symbol and similar signs in the results box. Then double-click the symbol to insert it.
Inserting Non-Breaking Hyphen Symbol in Google Docs

These steps are to insert this and any other symbol into Google Docs.

Non-Breaking Hyphen Symbol on The Character Map (Windows)

In Windows, the Character Map is a tool that can be used to view characters in any installed font, determine what keyboard input (or Alt code) is used to type those characters and copy characters to the clipboard instead of typing them with your keyboard.

This section will demonstrate how to use the Character Map tools to easily copy and paste this Symbol.

Without further ado, let’s get into it.

  • Search for Character Map in the Windows Start menu.
  • You should see the character Map appear in the search results. Click on it to launch it.
  • When it’s open, go to the bottom left corner of the window and click to expand the Advance view options.
  • To quickly locate this symbol on the Character Map, change the Font to Segoe UI Symbol and search for the symbol name (non-breaking hyphen) in the search box.
Copying Non-Breaking Hyphen Symbol on the Character Map

The symbol will be displayed for you to copy.

  • To copy this symbol, double-click it, and it will be selected in the Characters to Copy box. Then, click the Copy button to copy it to your clipboard.
  • Place your cursor where you want the symbol and press Ctrl + V to paste it.

And there you have it.

You can take these steps to copy and paste the Non-Breaking Hyphen symbol or other symbols on your Windows PC.

Adding Middle dot Symbol In HTML/CSS

The Middle dot Symbol can also be added in HTML and CSS using entities.

HTML and CSS entities are special codes used to represent characters that have special meanings or cannot be displayed as regular text in HTML and CSS.

Entities are used to display characters such as angle brackets, ampersands, and quotation marks, as well as special symbols such as copyright, trademark, and multiplication signs.

Using entity codes is important for ensuring that HTML and CSS code is valid and can be interpreted correctly by web browsers.

The HTML code for the Middle dot symbol is ‑

The CSS code for the Middle dot Symbol is \2011

To add the Middle dot Symbol to an HTML page, you can use its entity name or number (decimal or hexadecimal reference), as shown in the example below:

// html example

<span> &#8209; </span>

To display the Middle dot from CSS, you can use a CSS shortcode or CSS entity, as shown in the example below:

// css example

span {

  content: "\2011";



Most people have difficulty typing or inserting this symbol. So, we’ve broken down the various methods and steps required to type or get it into your documents.

And as you can see above, we’ve attempted to cover as much information about the Non-Breaking Hyphen punctuation Symbol as possible.

Thank you for taking the time to go through this blog.

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