How to Do Long Dash on Mac

Alicia Santos

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How to Do Long Dash on Mac

The long dash is a useful typographical tool for creating emphasis or separation between sections of text. On a Mac, you can easily insert a long dash by following these simple steps.

Step 1: Open the TextEdit Application

To begin, launch the TextEdit application on your Mac. You can find it by searching for “TextEdit” in the Spotlight search bar or by locating it in your Applications folder.

Step 2: Create or Open a Document

Next, either create a new document or open an existing one where you want to insert the long dash. To create a new document, go to “File” in the menu bar and select “New.”

If you want to open an existing document, go to “File” and choose “Open,” then navigate to the file location and select it.

Step 3: Insert the Long Dash

Now that you have your document ready, place your cursor at the position where you want to insert the long dash.

To insert a long dash using HTML styling elements in TextEdit, follow these options:

  • Option 1:
    • Type “—“. This will be converted into a long dash once you press the space bar.
  • Option 2:
    • Type “ — ”. Again, this will be converted into a long dash once you press the space bar.
  • Option 3:
    • Use the keyboard shortcut “Option + Shift + -” (hyphen key) simultaneously to insert a long dash.

Experiment with these options to find the one that suits your preferences. Remember to press the spacebar after typing the code or using the keyboard shortcut to convert it into a long dash.

Step 4: Save Your Document

After you have successfully inserted the long dash, save your document by going to “File” and selecting “Save.” Choose a location on your Mac where you want to save the file and provide a name for it.

Click “Save” to save your changes.

Conclusion

Congratulations! You have learned how to insert a long dash on your Mac using HTML styling elements in TextEdit.

This typographical tool can add visual appeal and organization to your documents. Experiment with different placement and usage of long dashes to enhance your writing further.

Remember, consistency is key when using long dashes throughout your document. Ensure that you maintain uniformity in terms of length and spacing between words or sentences.

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