Updated: 06/22/2018 by Computer Hope

A term used to describe a word that is broken up with a hyphen when it reaches the edge of a document. Below is an example of hyphenation. As can be seen, the word "service" is hyphenated.

Computer Hope is a free ser-
vice that helps users with their
computer questions.

How to enable hyphenation in Microsoft Word

By default, hyphenation is set to "None" in Microsoft Word, which prevents automatic hyphenation from occurring. If you want to adjust the hyphenation settings, click on the Page Layout tab, choose Hyphenation, and then select "Automatic" from the list.

Hyphenation in Microsoft Word


See our hyphen page for help and information with the hyphen and when you should hyphenate words.

Conditional hyphen, Dash, Typography terms, Word wrap