How to Turn Off Hyphenation in Illustrator

In this article, I will show you How to Turn Off Hyphenation in Illustrator. Although Indesign is the better text software, turning hyphens on and off for your paragraphs is simply a click away in Illustrator too.

In Graphic Design, you do not have to use a hyphen. However, if you’re creating a design with a lot of text and paragraphs, a hyphen can help make your text more grammatical and easy for your users to understand. If you do not want to use the hyphen the automatic hyphenation option can be bothersome for beginners. 

Hyphenation can disrupt the visual flow of text and may not always be desired for certain design projects. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to turn off hyphenation in Illustrator.

How to Find Paragraph Panel in Adobe Illustrator

In some Illustrator versions, the paragraph options appear on the top menu immediately after you create a text box. Click on the paragraph to bring up the menu.

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If it does not, you can go to Window>Type>Paragraph a pop-up window appears with paragraph options. To add or remove hyphens, select your text and toggle on or off. You can also go to the same menu by clicking the Command + Option + T shortcut.

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Steps to Turn Off Hyphenation in Adobe Illustrator

Follow these simple steps to disable hyphenation for your text in Adobe Illustrator:

Step 1 – Select the Text-Open your Adobe Illustrator document and select the text box containing the text you want to modify.

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Step 2 – Access the Paragraph Panel using any of the methods we have highlighted at the start of this article.

Just to recap, With the text box selected, go to the “Window” menu and choose “Type” to reveal a dropdown menu. From the dropdown menu, select “Paragraph” to open the Paragraph panel.

Step 3 – Disable Hyphenation – In the Paragraph panel, you will see a small icon that represents hyphenation. It looks like a box with a single line of text and a hyphen. To turn off hyphenation, simply click on this icon. 

When the hyphenation feature is disabled, the icon will appear as a plain box without the hyphenation symbol.


Hyphenation can be a useful feature in Adobe Illustrator, but it might not always suit every design project. 

By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can easily turn off hyphenation for your text, ensuring your designs appear exactly as you desire. 

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Whether you disable hyphenation for a specific text box or set a permanent preference, you now have the flexibility to control this aspect of your designs more effectively.

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  1. Can I disable hyphenation for specific parts of the text only?

    Yes, you can. When you disable hyphenation in the Paragraph panel, it applies to the entire text box. 
    However, if you want to disable hyphenation for specific words or phrases, you can manually add non-breaking spaces between the words you wish to keep together.

  2. How can I enable hyphenation again if needed?

    If you decide to re-enable hyphenation for a particular text box, follow the same steps as before to access the Paragraph panel. Click on the icon that represents hyphenation to toggle it back on.

  3. Does disabling hyphenation affect text justification?

    Disabling hyphenation in Illustrator will not affect text justification. The text will still be justified based on your selected alignment options (left-aligned, right-aligned, centered, or justified).

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Written by: Denis Maina

I am an experienced and skilled graphic designer with a strong focus on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. He specializes in creating a wide range of design materials, such as digital art, business cards, stationery, logos, flyers, posters, banner ads, brochures, PSD templates, and other graphics.

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