Are you an author using WordPress for your websites and you wish you could easily add em dashes (long dashes) to your pages and posts? For those of you who haven’t already figured this out, here is how it’s done.
The WordPress editor, for both pages and posts, has a tool bar that looks something like this:
Your own toolbar may look slightly different, depending on your theme and installed plugins. For example, this toolbar has an “MBC Settings” button that is exclusive to Book Cave.
If the bottom row of buttons (the one with the “Paragraph” dropdown) is not showing for you, click the “Toolbar Toggle” button to make it appear.
To add the long dash (also called em dash), click the “Special character” (Ω) button on the bottom row, about middle. Yes, I did use the “Special charater” button to add the Greek letter omega (Ω) to this post! Math symbols, accented characters, currency symbols: they are all available through this button.
And as an additional tip, the em dash is almost always used with NO spacing before and after—so it looks like this. The only exception is if you’re writing for a newspaper or magazine that uses the AP Stylebook. (However, we have noticed a lot of book authors across the pond using spacing.)
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