The Complete Guide: How To Find The Em Dash On iPhone Keyboard

According to Wikipedia, the em dash (—), m dash, m-rule, or “mutton”, often demarcates a break of thought or some similar interpolation stronger than the interpolation demarcated by parentheses, such as the following from Nicholson Baker’s The Mezzanine:

At that age I once stabbed my best friend, Fred, with a pair of pinking shears in the base of the neck, enraged because he had been given the comprehensive sixty-four-crayon Crayola box—including the gold and silver crayons—and would not let me look closely at the box to see how Crayola had stabilized the built-in crayon sharpener under the tiers of crayons.

For those typing on an iPhone, here’s how to add an em dash to your message:

When you pull up your iPhone keyboard, you’ll see the alphabet. To start your path to the em dash, you need to get to the numbers keyboard.

Once you see the numbers, locate the dash (-). The em dash is hidden there.

Press and hold the dash (-), and you’ll see the extra options hidden behind the button.

Slide your finger to the em dash and the character will be inserted into your message.

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  • Slim

    Thanks! This works on the iPad keypad as well.