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I would like to create an em-dash aka —

I know using ALT Codes in Windows I can hold down ALT and type 0151

But my issue is on my laptop (a Dell Vostros 3555) it doesn't work!

I am running Windows 7 and was attempting to create one in Gmail. If I am on my desktop I have no issue creating one in Gmail or elsewhere for that matter.

Is there something I must do to make this work?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted
  • Charmap: (Start -> Run -> Charmap) though this is tedious.
  • Keyboard Macros: e.g. autohotkey

Some laptops have a way to overlay a numeric pad on the main part of the keyboard, enabled by some key combination (Fn + ???) - but this is rare now.

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+1 for mentioning autohotkey. –  martineau Nov 17 '12 at 18:26
    
That is why. Lack of numpad and my laptop doesn't have the numeric pad overlay. I will do what you recommend or find a program that will create symbols and use that to create the — when I need one. => Thanks! –  Lynda Nov 18 '12 at 17:52

If you have Word installed, you may press Ctrl+Atl+NumpadMinus in Word and then copy and paste em-dash from Word to the web browser.

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What about when I do not have Word installed? –  Lynda Nov 17 '12 at 18:04
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A Dell Vostro 3555 doesn't have a NumpadMinus key does it? –  RedGrittyBrick Nov 17 '12 at 18:46
    
@RedGrittyBrick - No it does not. –  Lynda Nov 18 '12 at 17:50

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