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In most word processing applications, entering 2 sequential dashes is enough to create an em dash. Not in Google Docs.

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It'd be nice if those two hyphens joined together — wouldn't it?

(The em dash directly above was written using HTML: —)

So how to create an em dash in Google Docs?

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Actually, in Google Docs you can have it automatically replace the two dashes with the em dash while you type!

Menu: Tools, preferences...

In 'Replace' type: --
In 'With':   Enter the em dash character as 'OnenOnlyWalter' suggests for keyboard shortcuts.

Preferences Dialog

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Answer by @SamtheBrand is correct, but there are also keyboard shortcuts to insert an em dash.

Windows: Hold Alt and enter 0151

Mac: Option + Shift + -

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Alt+0150 and Option+- are for EN-dash (shorter one). For EM-dash (longer one): Alt+0151 in Windows and Option+Shift+- on a Mac. –  ash108 May 10 at 13:34
    
Ah, my mistake, you're right. Updated my answer for accuracy. Thanks! –  OnenOnlyWalter May 14 at 21:14
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Insert > Special Characters...

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Make sure you're in "Punctuation" in the left menu, and "Dash/Connector" in the right menu.

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The em dash is the third from farthest right option. Click it and hit insert.

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