How to prevent text from wrapping in a Word document


Microsoft Word’s automatic word wrap is convenient but sometimes unwanted. Here are two ways to keep text from breaking at the end of a line.

Microsoft Word automatically wraps from the end of the current line to the beginning of the next as you type. If you insert or delete text, everything automatically adjusts to accommodate the change. You don’t even think about it as you work. As convenient as this behavior is, you won’t always want to wrap text when Word does. In this article, I’ll show you two easy ways to force Word to keep text together instead of breaking it in the middle by inserting nonbreaking characters.

I’m using Microsoft 365 on a
Windows 10

64-bit system, but you can use earlier versions. There’s no demonstration file; you won’t need one. The browser edition supports existing nonbreaking characters, but you can’t enter them.

How to insert a nonbreaking space in Word

Some words need to stay together. For example, you might not want to separate a street number from the street name, or you might want to keep a person’s first and last name together. These are more choice than need, but Word gives you the control. When wanting to keep words together, insert a nonbreaking space instead of a regular space between the words.

To insert a nonbreaking space, press Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar—it really is that easy. Now, let’s look at a simple example. Figure A shows “Jane Doe, Ph.D” separated at the right margin. To keep the name together, remove the space between Jane and Doe and press Crl+Shift+Spacebar. Next, delete the space between the comma and Ph.D and press Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar. As you can see in Figure B Word couldn’t keep the three words together on the first line, so it forced the group to the next.

Figure A

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