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Special Characters in QuarkXPress and InDesign

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The following table lists the tokens and Windows keyboard shortcuts to the most widely used special QuarkXPress and InDesign characters.


Special Character

QuarkXPress Shortcut

InDesign Shortcut


(if applicable)

Hard Return




Soft Return

Shift and  Enter







Right Indent Tab

Shift and  Tab



Indent Here

CTRL and  \ (backslash)



ASCII Characters

ALT and 0xxx

where xxx corresponds to the ascii code of the character you want to display



Discretionary Hyphen

CTRL and  - (hyphen)



Nonbreaking Hyphen

CTRL and  = (equal sign)



Discretionary Return

CTRL and  Enter



Nonbreaking Space

CTRL and  5



Next Column

Enter   (keypad)



Next Linked Box

Shift and  Enter   (keypad)



En Space

CTRL and  Shift and  6



Punctuation Space

Shift and  Space



Flex Space (Quarter em)

CTRL and  Shift and  5



Nonbreaking Flex Space

CTRL and  Shift and  Alt and  5



Figure/digit Space




You can display the above special characters using special characters tokens. Click on any of the above link to see which token to use.


Topic 175605, last updated on 11-Feb-2021