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Solved MS Word 2016 (Office 365) How can I insert em dash easily?

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by bj nick, Jan 6, 2019.

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  1. bj nick

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    This is easy on my desktop w/the numeric pad, but on my Dell Inspiron laptop, with no such pad, it's tedious. Can I somehow add the em dash as a shortcut? Thanks for a any help.
     
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    You do have a numeric pad, just press the Nums Lock key and many of the keys on the right end of the keyboard are now number keys.
     
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    I don't see any such number lock key.
     
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    Thank you Dave! (And Fireflycph)...Perfect. I read the instructions and just made it Ctrl alt e and I'm set. I still would like to know how I can use the numeric pad on this keyboard without the actual alphanumeric pad. I researched it online and the instructions they gave were confusing it best. But it's okay. Thanks!
     
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    Did you go to the link I posted above?

    Some laptops use the FN key plus the F11 key as shown in the link above.
     
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    I checked out the link and tried what they suggested. It was a regedit process, that did nothing. F n + 11 doesn't work, f n + 4 doesn't, f n + end doesn't either.
     
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    Do you have a key in the lower left of the Keyboard with FN on it?

    If so press this FN key and the F11 key on the top row at the same time.
    Then you should see a light that is marked Num Lock.

    No registry hacks should be needed.

    What is the full model of this Dell Inspiron?
     
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    Thank you, but I tried this many times. I understand the function keys and all that, it does not work on this model. The model number is 15-7579. Before I posted here I did a bunch of checking online, try their different solutions, nothing has worked. I appreciate you trying to help.
     
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    I know you have marked it solved but do you have on your laptop keyboard - small numerals usually in blue on the letters UIO JK L & M and on the numbers 7 8 and 9
    If so with others, that is the number pad and if you look on the F keys you will see above - often F2 the number lock symbol
    That or whichever F key it is and the Fn key will then activate the mentioned keys to the number lock
    IF you do not have these small numerals, whichever keys they are on and the other symbols found on the number pad if you had a separate pad eg the / * + - etc., then I agree you do not have the capability of the number lock
    NOTE on some Dells they are W A S and D etc

    In which case you will have to continue with Ctrl Alt etc
     
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