Illustrator does not have those characters.
Scott's right but there are 2 things you can do:
1) Use en and em dashes and colour them No Fill/No Stroke.
2) Scale word spaces and copy/paste them as you need them.
To Scott and Steve
Thanks for your reply.
It is too bad that Illustrator does not have these function...
I usually use InDesign to set Typography.
I will try the way that Steve mentioned.
Thanks a lot!
There are no keyboard shortcuts or menu items for these characters. But...
Set your type with standard spaces, then go to Edit>Find and Replace and use the pull down menu in the Replace field.
Very good Doug.
WOW. I never knew those were there. After my classes in typography I would use those characters all the time but learned to live without them since I didn't know Illustrator could do it. Get ready world, Robert's em, en and thin spaces are coming back! :)
That's scary! Watch out for Robert!
>1) Use en and em dashes and colour them No Fill/No Stroke.
That will get you spaces as wide as the current font's em- and en-dashes, which are often not em- and en-spaces.
Another way to insert thin space is to adjust tracking:
• Select character before position point for thin space
• In Character window, increase tracking until you achieve the desired white space after the character
• Use copy and paste to quickly insert add'l spaces
I enter the text in InDesign, and copy/paste into Illustrator. The white space characters appear to carry over without a problem.
I came by this thread while searching for this feature. Since this is still not present in Illustrator CC (which is unbelievable), I thought I might share another way to do this if you’re on Mac OS X. It requires some setting up, but I use this all the time:
- Go to System Preferences -> Keyboard.
- Make sure “show keyboard & character viewer” is turned on.
- In your status bar on the top right, click on character viewer.
- In the Characters panel, search for “thin”.
- Under “Unicode-name” select the first “invisible” character.
- Make sure it is says “THIN SPACE” in the right panel.
- Double click it to insert it somewhere.
For extra convenience, you can add the thin space character to your favourites.
Hope that helps anyone looking for the same thing
The keyboard shortcut for an en dash (on a Mac) is option, hyphen. For an em dash, it’s option, shift, hyphen. You can also use the Glyphs panel in the Type pull-down menu. (The hair, thin, and non-breaking spaces might be in the glyphs panel but I can’t find how to tell me what I’m choosing, except for the unicode.) These all work in Illustrator (latest version on a Mac).