Hi Darra –
Emdashes are part of Word’s Auto-Correct functionality. To re-enable it, go to Tools->AutoCorrect, Re-select ‘Auto correct spelling and formatting as you type’, deselect everything below on all tabs but leave Symbol Characters (–) with symbols (—) on the AutoFormat as you Type tab.
On Jul 10, 2012, at 9:33 PM, Darra Goldstein wrote:
> Hi Hunter, > > I’m trying to get Word to use em dashes (like this: consumerism—or what sociologist…). I’ve always been able to type 2 dashes and then type the next letter, which turns the two dashes into an em dash. > > I looked it up in Word help, but the info below seems to refer to applications other than Word itself. And there is no “Substitutions” listed under “Edit” in the toolbar. > > Do you know what to do? > > Thanks, > Darra > > > > In many applications, including Mail, TextEdit, iChat, and Stickies, you can replace double hyphens (–) with em dashes (—), and straight quotation marks with typographical (“curly”) ones. > HideAlways use typographical quotation marks and dashes > You can set applications to always use typographical quotation marks and em dashes as you type. > Open a document or message, or start a chat. > Choose Edit > Substitutions, and then choose Smart Quotes or Smart Dashes in the submenu to select them. > To turn off typographical quotation marks and em dashes, choose Edit > Substitutions, and then choose Smart Quotes from the submenu to deselect the option.