Sometimes, for layout purposes, I'm required to insert hyphens on certain words in order to make the text flow better. I already use the "Blance ragged lines" option and the automatic "Hyphenate" fonction. I would like to find a command that allows me to hyphenate a certain word without having to do it manually (i.e., adding a dash after a syllable). Ideally I would select the word to hyphen and use that specific command. Is there a way to do that in Indesign?
You can customise hyphenation points.
Also I'd limit the use of Balance Ragged Lines.
Thanks for the prompt reply. Unfortunately I've tried that and it doesn't allow me to hyphenate a specific word. It will apply my preferences throughout the text, but I cannot pick and choose which specific instance of the word I want to hyphenate. Don't know if this makes sense...
I'd use a discretionary hyphen, myself. So, if I wanted the word "hyphenation" to break at an incorrect location (hyphe-nation) I'd use a control-shift-hyphen (Type>Insert Special Character>Hyphens and Dashes) at my desired breakpoint.
Following up on what Joel said, you can check whether ID agrees with you on where the hyphen should go by putting the cursor at that spot, and then hitting Edit>Spelling>Dictionary; push the Hyphenate button and ID will show you what it would do. If I'm satisfied, I escape out and use Joel's control-shift-hyphen.
... and I truly hate Proximity hyphenation, with a ferocity I typically reserve for injustice and slavery and such, so I usually don't check. But I do exactly as David describes when using Hunspell hyphenation dictionaries.