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Using Special Text Characters

Text does not consist of just alphabetical characters. There are special characters and spaces that are used as part of professional typography. InDesign lets you insert those characters into your documents.

To insert special characters:

  1. Place the insertion point where you want to insert the special character.
  2. Choose Type > Insert Special Character.

    or

    Control-click (Mac) or right-mouse click (Win) and choose Insert Special Character from the contextual menu.

  3. Choose a character listing from the submenu.

You can insert white space characters, which are fixed spaces such as em and en spaces. You can also insert a nonbreaking space that forces two words to stay together.

To insert special space characters:

  1. Place the insertion point where you want to insert the special character.
  2. Choose Type > Insert White Space.

    or

    Control-click (Mac) or right-mouse click (Win) and choose Insert White Space from the contextual menu.

  3. Choose a white space character listing from the submenu.
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