How to Stop Default Hyphenation Text Boxes in MS Publisher

By Quinten Plummer

Microsoft Publisher includes the ability to automatically split and hyphenate words that would otherwise run outside of the program's margins. It will also hyphenate the words of compound modifiers, such as "Beast-like" or "four-mile." If you don't want the program to hyphenate words automatically and would prefer to manually add hyphens, you can turn off Publisher's auto-hyphenate feature.

Publisher 2003 and 2007

Step 1

Launch Publisher. Click on the program's "Tools" heading. Select "Options" from the Tools menu in Publisher 2007; select the "Language" option from the Tools menu if you're using Publisher 2003.

Step 2

Click on the "Edit" tab and then uncheck the "Automatically hyphenate document" box in Publisher 2007; click on the "Hyphenate" tab in MS Publisher 2003 and then uncheck the "Automatically hyphenate document" box.

Step 3

Click "OK" to save your changes and return to the program's main menu.

Publisher 2010

Step 1

Launch Publisher 2010. Left-click inside of your document's text area; click on the "Text Box Tools" tab that appears at the top of the program.

Step 2

Click on the "Hyphenation" button under the "Text Box Tools" tab.

Step 3

Uncheck the "Automatically hyphenate this story" box when the Hyphenation menu appears; click "OK" to save your changes and close the Hyphenation menu.