How Do I Turn Off Hyphenation in Adobe InDesign?

InDesign uses a built-in dictionary to identify which words it can hyphenate.
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By default, Adobe InDesign CC hyphenates words to make text more aesthetically pleasing. Turn hyphenation off for one or more paragraphs by disabling that feature from the Control panel. Alternatively, prevent InDesign from hyphenating a single word by selecting No Break from the Control panel menu.

One or More Paragraphs

Step 1

Alternatively, open the Control panel by pressing "Ctrl+Alt+6".
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Open the Window menu and select Control if the Control panel is not currently open.

Step 2

Alternatively, if you only want to select a single paragraph, click anywhere within it.
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Click the Text Tool in the Tools panel and use your mouse cursor to select the paragraphs you do not want InDesign to hyphenate.

Step 3

The Hyphenate check box is ticked by default.
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Untick the Hyphenate check box in the Control panel to disable hyphenation for the selected paragraphs.

Single Word

Step 1

If you cannot see the Tools panel, open the "Window" menu and select "Tools."
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Click the Text Tool in the Tools panel and use that tool to select a word from your document.

Step 2

The Control panel menu contains a set of context-sensitive options.
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Open the Control panel menu.

Step 3

InDesign
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Click No Break to turn hyphenation off for the selected word.

Tip

Prevent InDesign from inserting a line break in the middle of a compound word -- such as "low-budget" or "mother-in-law" -- by replacing the word's standard hyphen with a non-breaking one. To insert a non-breaking hyphen, press "Ctrl+Alt+-".

Fine-tune InDesign's hyphenation settings by selecting "Hyphenation" from the Control panel menu. Various settings prevent the application from hyphenating capitalized words or restrict hyphenation to words longer than a set number of letters.

After disabling hyphenation for one or several paragraphs, consider saving your paragraph settings as a new paragraph style by opening the "Paragraph Style" menu in the Control panel and selecting "New Paragraph Style." This approach allows you to apply that same, non-hyphenated style to any paragraph in future documents.

Warning

Disabling hyphenation can make your documents less aesthetically pleasing.

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