Em dash

Updated: 11/12/2023 by Computer Hope
Em dash

Like an extended hyphen (-), an em dash is used to show a break in thought or a tone shift. Most keyboards and programs lack the em dash, therefore, it must be created using a special function key supported by the program or by entering two hyphens (--).

Em dash keyboard shortcuts

Use one of the following shortcuts to create an em dash.


Windows 10 and Windows 11 users can also use the keyboard shortcut Windows key+. and find the em dash under symbols.

How to create an em dash in HTML

With HTML (hypertext markup language), to create an em dash use the HTML entity — in your code.

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