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Nonbreaking space in Illustrator ... at last! but where?

Community Beginner ,
Feb 05, 2017 Feb 05, 2017

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This page – helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/special-characters.html – indicates that Illustrator (finally!?) allows nonbreaking spaces. Can someone please tell me how to insert a non-breaking space. I've been using the "no-break" character attribute from the Type panel dropdown but it's a poor substitute for a proper nonbreaking space such as InDesign has.

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New Here , Sep 05, 2017 Sep 05, 2017

Adobe has instructions for how to add a nonbreaking space in Illustrator CC here:

Here are the instructions for Adobe CC (in case the link above ever goes dead):

Prevent words from breaking

You can prevent words from breaking at the end of lines—for example, proper names or words that could be misread when hyphenated. You can also keep multiple words or groups of words together—for example, clusters of initials and a last name.

  1. Select the characters you want
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Engaged ,
Feb 05, 2017 Feb 05, 2017

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Where do you see anything about nonbreaking spaces on that page? I only see a forced break character mentioned (which we've always been able to produce with Shift-Enter).

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Feb 05, 2017 Feb 05, 2017

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"Nonprinting characters include hard returns (line breaks), soft returns (line breaks), tabs, spaces, nonbreaking spaces, double-byte characters (including spaces), discretionary hyphens, and the end-of-text character."

... I suspect they just copied that text from some other app, like InDesign. 😕

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 05, 2017 Feb 05, 2017

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I tried entering a Unicode nonbreaking space, via keyboard entry or the glyph panel (00A0), but Illustrator does not seem to honor it.

http://www.fileformat.info/info/unicode/char/00a0/index.htm

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New Here ,
Jul 25, 2017 Jul 25, 2017

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Screen Shot 2017-07-25 at 10.04.22.png

Adobe announced this feature, but no one can find it

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Sep 05, 2017 Sep 05, 2017

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Adobe has instructions for how to add a nonbreaking space in Illustrator CC here:

Here are the instructions for Adobe CC (in case the link above ever goes dead):

Prevent words from breaking

You can prevent words from breaking at the end of lines—for example, proper names or words that could be misread when hyphenated. You can also keep multiple words or groups of words together—for example, clusters of initials and a last name.

  1. Select the characters you want to prevent from breaking.
  2. Choose No Break from the Character panel menu.

Note:

If you apply the No Break option to too many adjacent characters, the text may wrap in the middle of a word. However, if you apply the No Break option to more than a single line of text, none of the text will appear.

I tested it by selecting two words that broke and choosing No Break from the Character panel menu. The words would not break between them anymore, so it works.

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Sep 06, 2017 Sep 06, 2017

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the no-break character attribute and a non-breaking space are not the same thing. did you read the topic before posting?

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Participant ,
Oct 10, 2017 Oct 10, 2017

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Any update on this? Is this feature coming anytime soon?

(Possibility to insert a non-breaking space character with automation such as AppleScript, or use OPTION+SPACE as a shortcut)

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Jun 10, 2018 Jun 10, 2018

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Unlike InDesign, you must select the two words (instead of the character position) you want to keep together and then select No Break on the Character panel dropdown.

Screen Shot 2018-06-10 at 19.16.53.png

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Feb 11, 2024 Feb 11, 2024

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Yup, covered in the OP.

 

Keen to see how this can be KB shortcutted.

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New Here ,
Dec 13, 2018 Dec 13, 2018

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click control - alt - x in the space between the words you don't want to break.

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New Here ,
Aug 28, 2023 Aug 28, 2023

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шт working in Indesign not in Illustrator

 

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