Using "Other Codes" in WordPerfect
(Format > Line > Other Codes)
Related pages -
Hyphens, hard hyphens
[a.k.a. "hyphen characters"], soft hyphens, and hyphenation soft returns
. . . What they are and how they work
Indent paragraphs with
The menu choices below refer to the <WordPerfect> menu
(right-click on the top menu bar for a choice of menu). If you
use an older <Microsoft Word> menu, the choices might be absent
from your menu (but not from the program) or they might be found under
another menu selection. See here for
When you use Format, Line, Other Codes you should see this dialog:
[Some of the above format codes can be
inserted with existing shortcuts
or assigned to a <shortcut key>.]
- Hard space [HSpace]. Hard spaces, like hard hyphens [a.k.a, "hyphen
characters"], are useful in several circumstances, to "glue" words,
numbers or dates together to prevent them from splitting to the next
line by word wrap. The default shortcut key to insert a hard space is
- [See also HSPACER, a macro to convert regular
spaces in a selection of text to hard spaces. See also "Pasting as unformatted text":
WordPerfect 11 and later versions converts hard spaces to regular
spaces when you paste this way, but you can use a macro to avoid this.]
- Hard tabs and
Hard tabs with dot leaders.
Hard tabs do not change when you change
regular tab settings. Use a hard tab when you need to insert a tab
without changing the tab type or affecting the tabs for the rest of the
- For example, you can add a hard tab to
one line in a paragraph and not change the tabs set for the other
lines. You can also insert a hard tab with a dot leader. [For more on
indenting paragraphs with dot leaders see here.]
- You can use <Ctrl+Shift+Tab> or <Shift+Tab> to
enter a hard back tab (a.k.a., "margin release") to outdent the first line of a paragraph.
▸ You can also add a button to a toolbar or property bar for a hard
back tab. It's under the Format drop list in the Toolbar Editor (named
"Back Tab"; its icon is an arrow pointing leftward toward a vertical
bar or margin). To add it to a toolbar or property bar see here.
▸ See also Tab settings in WordPerfect.
- End centering/alignment [End Cntr/Align]. This code is often used with line centering (Format >
Line > Center), right tabs, or decimal tabs. It doesn't turn off
justification, it simply stops previous text alignment when you
insert it in a line of text, up to the next alignment code or up to a
return to ordinary text.
- For example, if you want to add text to
the end of the centered line without also pushing the other text
leftward, you would type some text, insert a line-center code
([Hd Center on Marg]) with <Shift+F7>, then insert
the End centering/alignment code from the dialog (see above), then type
the new (non-centered) text.
- Another example: If you want to line up
numbers or words in a tabbed list with a right tab, but you want to add
an asterisk (*) to the end of a number/word (which would normally throw
the items out of alignment), just insert the End centering/alignment
code [End Cntr/Align] after the number/word and immediately type
the astersisk or other material. [Thanks to Jycast, Robin, and Noal
Mellot at WordPerfect Universe for this tip.]
- Hyphens. See "Hyphens,
hard hyphens [a.k.a., "hyphen characters"], soft hyphens, and hyphenation
soft returns . . . What they are and how they work" here.
- Cancel hyphenation of word. This codes wraps words that span the hyphenation zone to the next line.
- Thousands separator. You can change the character used to separate hundreds from