How to Make an En dash or Em dash in Google Docs

Em dash, En dash, or hyphens are all horizontal lines that use for different purposes in Google Docs.

While writing in a notebook with a pen all looks the same but while composing a digital document we can see the difference in its length.

Hyphens(-) is shorter than em dash and are used to connect two words, En dash(–) is used to represent number ranges, and Em dash(—) symbol is a longer dash used to show some extra information or give a second detail.

There is also an option to make long dash in Google Docs like this (⸻). This sign is the combination of three em dashes.

A simple and easy way to insert these types of punctuation marks is to copy-paste. Yes, you can just use Em dash copy-paste method to insert in Google Docs.

How to use em dash Google Doc

Em dash is a punctuation mark that is used to give extra second information like an idea, importance, etc.

How to em dash in Google Docs

For putting em dash in Google Docs we can use shortcuts or a built-in characters list which is available in Google Docs.

Open “Google Docs” document on your desktop browser

Now in the “Menu Bar” click the “Insert” tab then navigate down to the “Special Characters” option as shown in the below image-

em dash in Google Docs	is a long dash

You will see an “Insert special characters” dialog box, now type either en dash or em dash in the search box according to your requirement.

how to make em dash in google docs

You will see big dash like em dash, 2 em dash, 3 em dash options there. Just click the em dash symbol from the option and your big dash symbol will get appear on Google Docs.

How to insert em dash in Google Docs with Alt Code

To save your precious time you can use alt code ALT + 0151 key combinations which are em dash shortcut Google Docs. Please make sure to use the left ALT key of the keyboard and a Numeric keypad.

How to make em dash in Google Docs with Substitution

You can make em dash in Google Docs with the help of the Substitution option, and you can also create your own shortcut key in Google Docs. Follow the below steps-

Open Google Docs on your desktop PC

Now in the “Menu bar” click on the “Tools” option then navigate to the “Preference” and click it. You will see a Preferences box appear on Google Docs as shown below image the click on “Substitutions”.

how to do an em dash in google docs
em dash shortcut

Now type the key that you want to use as a shortcut key for em dash under the “Replace” box and copy-paste long dash under the “With” box and click OK to save.

Here we will use “em” as a key and paste the em dash symbol into another box.

Now when you type em your em dash symbol will automatically appear on Google Docs.

How to do a long dash in Google Docs

If you want to make long dash in Google Docs like (⸻) then simply press Alt + C + I shortcut keys from the keyboard to open the list of Insert special characters dialog box, now type em dash in the search box then select three em dash to create long dash.

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