Problem typing / inserting dash in Word 2003



My "-" isn't working in Word. Works in all other MS programs. I can insert
the minus sign on my number pad, but not the dash that is also on the
underscore key. I've been doing that, or inserting the dash as a symbol as a
work-around. I'd like to be able to do it the normal way, though.
I had installed APPIP, a government formatting template, but have since
removed it. I don't know if that caused the problem, but it seems to have
coincided w/ the installation of this tool.
I appreciate any help. Thanks!

Stefan Blom

Are you saying that the Ctrl+minus sign on the numeric keypad (for en dash)
and Alt+Ctrl+minus sign on the numeric keypad are not working? Did you check
the key assignments in the Customize Keyboard dialog box?

Does AutoCorrect work?

Suzanne S. Barnhill

From the description, the OP isn't able to use the hyphen key to type a
hyphen ("the dash that is also on the underscore key"). In U.S. English, the
hyphen is often referrred to (albeit incorrectly) as a dash. The hyphen
(U002D) is also the character inserted by the "minus" key on the numeric

Stefan Blom

OK. Well, as far as I know, you cannot reassign the hyphen key, so I don't
know what could be causing the issue. A macro of some sort?

Stefan Blom
Microsoft Word MVP

in message


The macro idea may be it. I saw that there were several macros that were
created around the time I started having the problem. But that is beyond me,
so I will ask our IT guy to check that as a possible source. If we find the
solution, I will post another note.
Thanks for your response!

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