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Just learned how to prevent WORD from breaking on smart-quotes

Crumbly Writer

If you use smart quotes, and noticed that WORD often breaks between the quotation mark and the first or last word, I finally learned how to fix it. It requires adding a "zero width non-breaking space" (you can enter it using "Search and Replace advanced" entering "^Y").

One note, I'd restrict it to print books only, as certain versions of Amazon (mobi7) won't accept it, though if anyone's interested in the code to fix it, you can find it here: avoiding awkward breaking punctuation in ebooks.

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@Crumbly Writer

The only thing I've noticed about quotation marks is that Word lets you define end punctuation being placed before or after an end quotation mark at the end of a sentenced; I forget what the default setting is. That is annoying for Word always wants you to do it the defined/default way, and per grammar rules Word will be wrong part of the time. I'm tired of clicking Ignore during a grammar check.

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Crumbly Writer

@REP

The only thing I've noticed about quotation marks is that Word lets you define end punctuation being placed before or after an end quotation mark at the end of a sentenced; I forget what the default setting is.

You'll have to elaborate, as I'm unclear what you're referring to. But in this case, the problem is that WORD doesn't recognize a smart-quote (i.e. 'curly quotes') as being an actual quote mark, and thus treats it as a separate word and often breaks either before it, leaving the quote mark separate from the quote. Truly annoying!

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@Crumbly Writer


You'll have to elaborate


I used smart quotes for many years and never had that problem.

Under File, Options, Advanced, Settings there is an option regarding use of punction with quotes. I just notice that that setting has a do not check option. I thought there were only inside and outside options. Problem solved.

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@REP

Sorry, the only option like that I see (in Windows 2013, at least) is "Don't allow hanging punctuation with character grid" under "Layout Options".

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@Crumbly Writer

I run Word 2010, and the path may be different in your version of Word (Windows 2013 ... ?)

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