How to Stop InDesign From Hyphenating Words
By C. Taylor
Adobe InDesign CC offers a wealth of hyphenation options to fine-tune this text wrapping feature. For example, you can dictate the minimum character length a word must meet before being hyphenated, and also specify the relative position in a word where a hyphen is placed. If you prefer to never use hyphens, you can disable this feature entirely. Alternatively, you can disable hyphens when they occur between columns or pages, if this is the only time they bother you.
Press "T" to select the Text tool, and then click anywhere in text for which you wish to disable hyphenation. To apply the effect to multiple paragraphs, click and drag your mouse across the text to highlight it.
Press the "Paragraph Formatting Controls" button, which looks like a backwards "P" at the left of the Control bar. If you don't see this bar, click "Windows," and then select "Control." Alternatively, press "Ctrl-Alt-6" to toggle the Control bar.
Click the "Paragraph Style" drop-down menu, which also looks like a backwards "P" in the Hyphenate section, select "Style Options," and then select the "Hyphenation" side-tab.
Uncheck "Hyphenation" to completely disable hyphenation, or only uncheck "Hyphenate Across Columns" to prevent hyphenating words across multiple columns or pages. This section also offers specific controls over where hyphens appear within words.
Click "OK" to apply your changes.
- If you don't need access to advanced controls, you can also uncheck "Hyphenate" from the Control bar to completely disable this feature.
C. Taylor embarked on a professional writing career in 2009 and frequently writes about technology, science, business, finance, martial arts and the great outdoors. He writes for both online and offline publications, including the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Samsung, Radio Shack, Motley Fool, Chron, Synonym and more. He received a Master of Science degree in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences at College of Charleston. He also holds minors in statistics, physics and visual arts.