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Special Character Markers

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Special Character Markers which usually represent non-printing characters, and can be used anywhere in where you would put text, such as in holidays names, slogans text, saras, holidays options, ...


As compared to tokens, these markers are not framed by braces, and they begin with an ampersand (eg: &n ).

If you wish to include an ampersand as plain text (not as a special characters token) then you should use its ASCII value, namely &038.


The following table lists the available Special Character Markers:


Special Character

Windows Keyboard 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




Because most of these 3-character special characters tokens are QuarkXPress specific, they cannot be previewed in the editor used to display holidays names, slogans text or MonthHeader text, and therefore they are converted to Xtags at the very last minute and always appear as tokens in the user interface.


Topic 107048, last updated on 19-Apr-2020