Did you know you can make an em dash and en dash on your phone’s keyboard? As a professional writer, I was really excited about this feature when I discovered it. But anyone can — and should — use this feature when posting to professional social media or your business blog from your phone.
- Go to your phone’s keyboard and choose the numbers display.
- Find the hyphen. Now, press and hold the button.
- A menu pops up that shows the em (long) dash on the left, underscore in the middle, and en (medium) dash on the right. (There’s also a tiny bullet dot on the far right.)
- Just slide your finger to the one you want to insert, and let go.
I know, right? How cool is that?
Why should you use an em or en dash rather than just a regular old hyphen? There are several important reasons, which I’ll discuss in my next post!