How to Remove Word Hyphenation in Microsoft Publisher

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.

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Tell Publisher to stop hyphenating your publications.
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Launch Publisher and open the document with the hyphenation to remove.

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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.

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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.

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Uncheck the “Automatically hyphenate this story” check box.

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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.

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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.