Standard keyboards don’t have special keys for special punctuation like en or em dashes if you want to use them in Google Docs. This is how you can create hyphens and dashes in your documents.
Since we are a technology website, we won’t go into detail on when and how to use each form of punctuation. Instead, you can check what is hyphen, dash, and dash if you don’t know when to use each punctuation mark. Essentially, a hyphen is a dash (-), a dot dash is the length of two dashes (-), and a dash is the length of three dashes (-).
Manually create hyphens and dashes
The first thing you need to do is fire up your browser and open your Google Docs file to get started.
The hyphen is the simplest punctuation mark you can create in Google Docs. Chances are your keyboard already has a key just for this purpose. Depending on the keyboard layout, the hyphen is at the top and next to the zero (0) key. All you have to do is click on it and that’s it. The hyphen has been created.
The dashes En and em are a bit harder to find. There are no keys on keyboards dedicated to these punctuation marks. Unless you’re a professional writer, you probably won’t use them as often.
While you could enter the appropriate Alt key code for en or em dash, you have an easier way to insert them into your document. Documents have a special character tool that allows you to add them without having to remember their codes.
Click the document you want to insert a dash into, open the Insert menu, and click Special Characters.
Once the tool opens, type «em dash» or «en dash» into the search bar and then click on the symbol with the results on the left.