How to Make a Dash on a Phone Keyboard


When you look at a phone's keypad, you can see the entire alphabet listed, but you may not see a dash. Entering special characters on a phone can be a bit tricky, because the same key is assigned to many different characters. You can still enter special characters like the dash, @ symbol, percentage sign, and other oddball symbols by selecting them from the phone's menu.

  • Examine the phone keypad. Phones with full keyboards usually have the dash on a specific key. You may be required to press a "Shift" or "Function" key to type the dash.

  • Press the "1" key on a phone with a regular T9 keypad. Unlike the other numbers, the 1 key does not have any letters assigned to it. It functions as the special characters key on most phones.

  • Tap the "1" key repeatedly to scroll through the characters on mult-tap keypads. Press the left or right directional button to scroll through the symbols on other phones.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some phones will bring up the entire list of characters if you press and hold the "#" key.

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