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Word: Turn off automatic hyphenation

December 5, 2011

I got a document from one of my authors the other day. Automatic hyphenation was turned on and I wanted to turn it off as it isn’t our house style to use it.

I had to hunt a bit to find the setting in Word 2007/2010 (I couldn’t find it at all in Word 2003!) — it was on Page Layout tab, which wasn’t where I expected to find it.

To turn off auto hyphenation in Word 2007/2010:

  1. Go to the Page Layout tab > Page Setup group.
  2. Click Hyphenation.
  3. Select None.
Auto hyphenation setting in Word 2007

Auto hyphenation setting in Word 2007

That’s it!

8 comments

  1. Word 2003:
    Tools>Language has the setting for the entire document.
    Format>Paragraph, Line and Page Breaks tab has a checkbox to suppress hyphenation for a selection.


  2. Thanks Mr. Rodney
    Really helpful comment.


  3. Word 2007 also:
    Tools>Language has the setting for the entire document.
    Format>Paragraph, Line and Page Breaks tab has a checkbox to suppress hyphenation for a selection.


  4. great – precise hint to turn off an anoying MS error message


  5. Thank you!


  6. Thank you. A very straightforward description.


  7. Thank you!


  8. didn’t work. any other bright ideas?



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