How to Remove Word Hyphenation in Microsoft Publisher

By Filonia LeChat

Microsoft Publisher puts you at the helm of your own custom printing press, but unlike the typesetters of the early days, you don’t always automatically have as much control. Publisher "thinks" it is helping your documents by automatically hyphenating words, but this may cause disruption for your readers or just break up lines awkwardly. To take that control back, you have to force Publisher to stop hyphenating your text blocks. Removing word hyphenation takes just a couple of clicks.

Step 1

Launch Publisher and open the document with the hyphenation to remove.

Step 2

Scroll to the page and click the area with the hyphenation. You can click inside the text box or the text box’s border. Note that the purple Text Box Tools tab becomes enabled at the top of the Publisher screen.

Step 3

Click the “Hyphenation” button on the Text Box Tools tab’s ribbon, which opens a small window with the same name. Note that you can also use a keyboard shortcut "Ctrl-Shift-H" to open the window.

Step 4

Uncheck the “Automatically hyphenate this story” check box.

Step 5

Click the “OK” button to close the window and remove hyphenation from that text box. If this text box is a linked box that flows to others throughout this document, all hyphenation from those linked boxes is also removed. Note that this does not remove hyphenation from other text boxes, such as unconnected text boxes on other pages of the document.

Step 6

Scroll through the text boxes and pages of the document. Removing hyphenation can shift the way text flows and may cause disruption in your document, such as resulting in widows or lines that now flow differently around images. When satisfied with the changes, re-save the document or give the publication a new name to preserve the original.

Tips & Warnings

  • The key to finding the hyphenation feature is to click on on a text box. The Text Box Tools tab and ribbon do not appear unless you have at least one text box on your Publisher document and are clicked on the border or inside it.
  • You can also experiment with hyphenation via the “Hyphenation zone” measurement in the Hyphenation window. Although this won’t remove hyphenation, it gives you more control over how hyphenating behaves.
  • These instructions are written for Microsoft Publisher 2013. Earlier or later versions of the software may behave differently.