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Regina wrote:

They are usually written via AutoCorrect. The simple hyphen is replaced 
with the en-dash or em-dash when the following word is finished . . .

That is _not_ a good idea. The hyphen, en rule and em rule (dash) are
distinct characters with distinct uses in conventional typography and
typesetting. Their correct use cannot be predicted by context, nor are
they interchangeable.

You need to find out where these characters are in the character set you
are using. This depends on your operating system, your language, and
your keyboard layout.

As Johnny pointed out, they can be entered with the compose key. If you
use them so often that even this is too cumbersome you can customise
your keyboard layout, so that (for example) compose-hyphen gets you the
en rule and shift-compose-hyphen gets you the dash (em rule). If you
want to do this I will help you (but only if you use GNU/Linux!).

You could, as Johnny suggests, create your own auto-correct sequences,
but personally I would avoid all such contrivances. Auto-correct is
_not_ your friend.

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