I'm going to give you an example, just for clarity (I'm using Word). Here is what I'd like my index titles to look like:

Chapter 1 - The Great Return

Chapter 2 - Lucy's Dinner


Whereas the titles at the beginning of each chapter should be:


The Great Return

(Note: Both lines should be aligned in the middle, but that's not the problem here)

I did a soft return, and now my index titles are like this:

Chapter 1 The Great Return (without the hyphen)

Is there a way to add the hyphen to the index titles without adding it to the titles of each chapter?

  • Try a colon. See if it works. I don't use indexing (sorry)
    – DWKraus
    Feb 19, 2021 at 21:58
  • I don't really understand why this matters. Is it really a question about writing, or about a software issue? Feb 20, 2021 at 23:38

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I'm assuming you're using Microsoft Word because you don't state otherwise.

Firstly, press Control Z when it does this to reverse the change. Then you can keep typing.

Secondly, you can go back and add the hyphen afterwards. Unless you have a large number of chapters, this may be the most efficient option. There are some annoying features of Word that I simply correct rather than solve.

Thirdly, you appear to have some form of AutoCorrect enabled. When it makes the change, there is usually a pop up allowing you to turn it off.

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    +1 for the helpful and correct answer. As a side note, I think you are right in your assumption that the OP uses Microsoft Word since they have a Microsoft Word tag. Feb 21, 2021 at 20:43
  • I feel a bit stupid that I didn't notice the tag. Feb 22, 2021 at 19:19

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