I don't want the last line of each paragraph justified


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JLapprand

Hello,

I am writing a rather large document and only now I have decided to have the
text justified rather than left alignment. However each time I try, Word
justifies the last line of each paragraph and so it looks rather silly each
final line
looking somewhat like
this.

Can anyone help me with this? I want the text to be justified, yes, but have
each line at the end also with words spaced normally, as in a normal book or
article.

Thank you, sincerely,
Jules
 
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Stefan Blom

Make sure that you created true paragraphs, that is, that you have pressed Enter
at the end of each paragraph. If you used a line break (Shift+Enter), then what
you describe would happen.

To see what is going on, you should show nonprinting marks, for example by
pressing the ¶ button on the Home tab (Word 2007) or the Standard toolbar (Word
97-2003). Paragraph marks display as pilcrows (¶). For more on nonprinting
marks, see http://word.mvps.org/faqs/formatting/NonPrintChars.htm.
 
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Suzanne S. Barnhill

In addition to what Stefan has said (which is most likely the issue), make
sure you "justified" the text with Ctrl+J (if you used a keyboard shortcut).
If you happened to press Ctrl+Shift+J, which is the Distribute Text command,
you would also get the result you describe.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
http://word.mvps.org
 
S

Stefan Blom

Since Jules describes spacing between words rather than between individual
letters, I concluded that DistributePara couldn't be the culprit, but I guess
it's worth investigating...
 
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Suzanne S. Barnhill

Ah, right you are. It just seems that every time this sort of question comes
up and I post to advise checking that the paragraph breaks are really that
and not line breaks, someone always comes behind me and brings up the
Distribute Para issue.

--
Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA
http://word.mvps.org
 

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