Em dashes (—) are powerful characters you can use in your writing to create a long, dramatic pause or place emphasis on a phrase. While a standard keyboard allows you use a regular dash (-), it may not have the impact or excitement you intend. Here’s how you can rectify this with a few shortcuts.
If there were ever a competition for the most versatile punctuation mark, the em dash would without doubt be a front runner for the title. Whether you’re typing away on Microsoft word or in the backend of a CMS there’s plenty of ways to summon this special character.
All you need to do is hold down the following keys: ALT + SHIFT + MINUS.
There’s several ways to insert an em dash on PC, but not every technique will work for you. Here are a few choice picks:
Alternatively, you can use the Sticky Notes app to copy and paste this character for added convenience (or copy it from Google).
Em dashes are wonderful inventions and great for proving a point. Next time you need that added ‘oomph’ in your sentence, crack out one of these bad boys.
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