How to Make a Long Dash in Word on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of using the same old hyphen in your documents? Do you want to add a touch of style and professionalism to your writing?

Well, look no further! In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to make a long dash in Word on Mac.

Step 1: Open Microsoft Word

First, launch Microsoft Word on your Mac computer. You can do this by clicking on the Word icon in your Applications folder or by searching for it using Spotlight.

Step 2: Create a New Document

Once Word is open, create a new document by selecting “File” from the menu bar and then clicking on “New Document.” Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Command + N.

Step 3: Position the Cursor

Place your cursor where you want to insert the long dash. It could be within an existing sentence or at the beginning of a new one.

Step 4: Inserting the Long Dash

To insert a long dash, press and hold the Option key on your keyboard. While holding down the Option key, press the – (hyphen) key. This will create a long dash instead of a regular hyphen.


If you release the Option key before pressing the hyphen key, it will insert a regular hyphen instead of a long dash.

Troubleshooting Tips:

  • If nothing happens:
    • Create a new document and try again.
    • Make sure you are pressing and holding the Option key before pressing the hyphen key.
  • If a different character appears:
    • Check your keyboard settings to ensure that the layout is set correctly.
    • If necessary, try using a different keyboard.

And there you have it! You now know how to make a long dash in Word on Mac.

By using this simple technique, you can enhance the visual appeal of your documents and make them more professional. So go ahead and give it a try!

If you found this tutorial helpful, be sure to check out our other HTML tutorials for more tips and tricks. Happy writing!

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