Insert a Nonbreaking Space in Word to Keep Words or Characters Together

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated May 15, 2021

Applies to: Microsoft® Word® 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365 (Windows)

If you want to keep words or characters together on the same line in a Word document, you can insert nonbreaking spaces. Nonbreaking spaces can be inserted using the Insert Symbol dialog box or a keyboard shortcut.

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Inserting a nonbreaking space using a keyboard shortcut

To insert a nonbreaking space between two words or characters using a keyboard shortcut:

  1. Position the cursor between the two words or characters you want to keep together (there should be no space between these characters).
  2. Press Ctrl + Shift + Spacebar. Word inserts a nonbreaking space.

Inserting a nonbreaking space using Insert Symbol

To insert a nonbreaking space between two words or letters using Insert Symbol:

  1. Position the cursor between the two words or characters you want to keep together (there should be no space between these characters).
  2. Click the Insert tab in the Ribbon.
  3. In the Symbols group, click Insert Symbol and then More Symbols in the drop-down menu. A dialog box appears.
  4. Select the Special Characters tab.
  5. Select Nonbreaking space and click Insert.
  6. Click Close. Word inserts a nonbreaking space.

Below is the Insert Symbol dialog box with Nonbreaking Space selected:

Insert Symbol dialog box in word to insert a nonbreaking space.

You can also insert several other special characters using Insert Symbol.

Viewing nonbreaking spaces

To view nonbreaking spaces and other nonprinting characters:

  1. Click the Home tab in the Ribbon.
  2. Click Show/Hide ¶ on the Home tab in the Ribbon in the Paragraph group. Nonbreaking spaces display as circles but do not print.
  3. Click Show/Hide ¶ again to hide nonprinting characters.

Nonbreaking spaces can be extremely useful in Word to keep phone numbers together or specific characters that should be kept together on the same line.

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