# Prevent hyphenation of a word in LaTeX

📅 2012-Nov-05 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 🏷️ hyphenation, latex ⬩ 📚 Archive

Problem

As it goes about placing words along a line, LaTeX might automatically break a word across two lines by adding a hyphen between the two pieces of the word. This is called hyphenation. It might not be desirable to hyphenate certain words, like a name for example.

Solution

Hyphenation of a particular word can be prevented by enclosing that word in a `\mbox` command. This command creates an invisible box around its parameter. Since a box cannot be broken across lines, this forces LaTeX to place that word on a single line.

For example, if LaTeX is breaking the word `abracadabra` across two lines, replace it with `\mbox{abracadabra}`.

Reference: Preventing line breaks from Section 2.2.1 of LaTeX by Leslie Lamport

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