In normal text

the \- command tells LaTeX that it may hyphenate the word at that point. LaTeX is very good at hyphenating, and it will usually find all correct hyphenation points. The \- command is used for the exceptional cases.

In the tabbing environment

the \- command moves the left margin of the next and all the following commands one tab stop to the left.
See also Environments, tabbing, Line and Page Breaking
See also \hyphenation
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Revised by Sheldon Green, agxsg@giss.nasa.gov, 15 Jun 1995.