Alternatively referred to as a fixed space or hard space, NBSP is short for Non-Breaking SPace and is used in programming, HTML, and word processing to create a space in a line that cannot be broken by word wrap on in the case of HTML create multiple spaces.
Creating a fixed space in a word processor and other programs
To create a fixed or hard space in a word processor such as Microsoft Office or OpenOffice use one of the below keyboard shortcuts.
Windows users: Ctrl + Alt + Space, Ctrl + Space or hold down Alt and press 0160 or 255 on the num pad.
Apple users: Option + Space
Microsoft Word: Ctrl + Shift + Space
WordPerfect and OpenOffice: Ctrl + Space
OpenOffice: Ctrl + Space (before 3.0) or Ctrl + Shift + Space (after 3.0)
Vim: Ctrl+K, Space, Space or Ctrl+K Shift+N Shift+S
Creating a NBSP in HTML
An example of how a user may insert a NBSP in HTML would be by adding the below extended HTML tag.
With the above examples using this tag would allow you to create multiple spaces in a row, something that cannot be done by only pressing the space bar. To create multiple spaces add one of the above non-breaking space tags for each time you want an extra space. For example, if you wanted ten extra spaces in front of text you could add ten of these tags.
Tip: If you need to indent or add extra spacing to a paragraph, sentence, or other portion of your web page, we suggest using CSS instead of multiple non-breaking spaces.