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DELETE discretionary hyphen

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Feb 06, 2024 Feb 06, 2024

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I've selected no hyphenation across the board in my InDesign file, but it doesn't stop what I just learned are discretionary hyphens from appearing. Is there a way these can be deleted/turned off? I'm looking to have NO hyphens in the document, and haven't found any straightforward answers on how to do so/if it's possible.

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Community Expert , Feb 06, 2024 Feb 06, 2024

 

If you turn hyphenation OFF, discretionary hyphens will not be used.

 

I wasn't sure if this was the case, so I ran a little test to determine if the Hyphenation setting determines the behavior of discretionary hyphens:

 

hyphen.gif

 

Seems that the state of the Hyphenation setting doesn't affect the behavior of the discretionary hyphen.

 

If you want to remove discretionary hyphens throughout the document, and they are actually discretionary hyphens and not something else, then you can use the Find

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Feb 06, 2024 Feb 06, 2024

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You need to ask program questions in the forum for the program you are using
To ask in the forum for your program please start at https://community.adobe.com/
Moving from Using the Community (which is about the forums) to the correct forum

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I think your understanding of "discretionary hyphens" and how they work is incorrect.

 

From the Help file: "Discretionary hyphens

A discretionary hyphen (Type > Insert Special Character > Hyphens And Dashes > Discretionary Hyphen) appears only if the word breaks. This option prevents the common typographic problem of hyphenated words, such as “care-giver,” appearing in the middle of a line after text reflows. Similarly, you can also add a discretionary line break character."

 

If you turn hyphenation OFF, discretionary hyphens will not be used.

 

Hyphenation can be turned off in the Control panel or in Hyphenation Settings:

 

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If you turn hyphenation OFF, discretionary hyphens will not be used.

 

I wasn't sure if this was the case, so I ran a little test to determine if the Hyphenation setting determines the behavior of discretionary hyphens:

 

hyphen.gif

 

Seems that the state of the Hyphenation setting doesn't affect the behavior of the discretionary hyphen.

 

If you want to remove discretionary hyphens throughout the document, and they are actually discretionary hyphens and not something else, then you can use the Find/Change dialog and look for -^ and replace with nothing:

 

disc.gif

 

It doesn't matter if the discretionary hyphen is showing or not; the same ^- search will find it. 

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Great discovery - thanks for checking!

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