How to Make an Em Dash in InDesign

By Edward Drummond

An em dash is a common character in the writer's toolbox. Many word processing programs---such as Microsoft Word---automatically convert a double-dash into an em dash. However, it takes a little bit of work to use them in InDesign, where em dashes can be created either through the use of a hot-key combination or in the user menus.

Things You'll Need

  • InDesign

Step 1

Place your cursor in the location where you want to use the em dash.

Step 2

Click on "Type" in the toolbar.

Step 3

Scroll down to "insert special character" in the "type" menu.

Step 4

A second menu will emerge from "insert special character." Select "hyphens and dashes."

Step 5

From "hyphens and dashes," a third menu will appear. Select "em dash."

Tips & Warnings

  • Simultaneously pressing Alt, Shift and the - (normal dash) keys will also produce an em dash.

References & Resources