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    I have a problem splitting words the way I want to using Word 2010. In my native language there is a grammatic rule that says certain words get three consonants in a row when you split them between two lines at a certain place. These are words that are really made up of two words, and would have three consonants if one was not omitted due to the merging of the words. I'm not certain if the same situation can occur using the English language, since you do not push words together the same way, but I believe I can illustrate it anyway.

    Imagine if the word call log was one word. You would still write it "callog", not "calllog". If you wanted to split the word, you might not want it to end up:






    In this situation, you would want it to end up



    I believe Word knows this rule (in my language), because it sometimes does this. In certain situations, however, it uses one of the two former splits. It might not seem like much of a problem to someone who doesn't speak the language, but in my line of work grammar is very important.

    When it doesn't work the way I want, and I try to split them up manually, it might show up something like this:


    The = seems to always be placed between the two consonants, "ll" in the example above. When I choose this position, it always gives me the correct split. If I save the file, however, and then reopen it, it does not remember. It will return to cal-log or call-ogg.

    I would greatly appreciate a solution to this, seemingly small, problem. It is quite annoying to frequently have to rewrite texts to avoid this, or remove the hyphen altogether by telling Word not to proof the spelling of the word.

    I hope this is posted in the correct section and that I have been able to describe my problem so that you can understand it, despite English not being my first language.

    Thanks in advance,


    Monday, June 29, 2015 9:35 AM

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  • I'm familiar with the concept. In Swedish, a word such as "tillämpa" would be hyphenated "till-lämpa" where the omitted "L" resurfaces. Word's hyphenation tool can handle this word, but there may be some problematic cases that I haven't come across (because I rarely make use of hyphenation.)

    Perhaps you could give an authentic example in your language and someone would be able to provide specific assistance.

    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP

    Monday, June 29, 2015 6:58 PM
  • Thank you for your reply. I am also writing in Swedish. Yesterday I was having trouble with the word "tillägget". Word though "till-ägget" was a good solution, but to the reader that suggestion would look like "to-the-egg", which is a bit funny, of course, but not appropriate. I ended up rewriting an earlier part of the text to avoid this, but in the future I would prefer to be able to achieve a correct hyphenation.
    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 6:55 AM
  • I can reproduce that. I'll report it to the Office team, and I'll post back with any news I get.

    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:45 PM
  • Thank you!
    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 1:00 PM
  • Nothing at all?
    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 11:06 AM
  • I have notified the Office team, as I said I would. I haven't heard anything more since then.

    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP

    Tuesday, September 8, 2015 7:19 PM