You can set Word 2007 to automatically hyphenate words at the end of a line. Hyphenating leaves less empty space on each line, which is important when using justified alignment or working with columns. Word can hyphenate words while you type, or you can break words after you create text. You can even override auto-hyphenation by manually entering an optional hyphen or a nonbreaking hyphen.


Type your text in a Word 2007 document.

Enter whatever text you want.


Select Automatic from the Hyphenation gallery, located in the Page Setup group, Page Layout tab.

Word hyphenates the document automatically.


Check results and tweak as necessary.

Enter a hyphen. Place the cursor where you want the word hyphenated and press Ctrl+– (hyphen) to create an optional hyphen, which displays only when the word falls at the end of a line.

Enter a nonbreaking hyphen. If you don’t want a hyphenated word further divided (for example, self-actual-ization), press Ctrl+Shift+– to create a nonbreaking hyphen. Word displays the hyphen but doesn’t break the word at the hyphen.


For more options, select Hyphenation Options from the Hyphenation gallery.

Find more hyphenation options here.


In the Hyphenation dialog box, take your pick of options.

Hyphenate Words in CAPS: Clear this check box if you don’t want words in all caps hyphenated. This setting is useful for jargon or trade names.

Hyphenation Zone: Word hyphenates words that cross into this zone, where Word tries to end each line. Enlarge this zone, and Word hyphenates more words, making text look too loose (justified text) or right margins too ragged (left-aligned text).

Limit Consecutive Hyphens To: Having two lines in a row ending with a hyphen isn’t wrong, and three is okay, sometimes. The default setting, however, places no limit on how many consecutive lines Word can hyphenate.