WD: Hyphens Don't Display Correctly with Numeric Picture Switch

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A merge field that contains the numeric format switch does not return correct results when the pictorial representation contains hyphens. For example:
{mergeformat number \# ###-##-####}
produces the following result:
123 45 6789.

NOTE: You obtain correct results when you use other characters (such as the "at" symbol [@], the forward slash [/], the plus sign [+], or the asterisk [*]).


To work around this problem, use one of the following methods.

Method 1

Enclose the hyphens in apostrophes so that your field appears as follows:
{MERGEFIELD number \# ###'-'##'-'####}

Method 2: Word for Windows and Word for Windows NT

Use the ANSI code when inserting the hyphen. To do this, press ALT+0173 on the numeric keypad with NUMLOCK on.

Method 3

Use a nonbreaking hyphen by typing CTRL+SHIFT+- in Word for Windows or OPTION+- in Word for the Macintosh.


Article ID: 121938 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 95a
  • Microsoft Word 98 for Macintosh
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