Justify last line of a paragraph.


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Guest

In Word, when you use to justify a paragraph and the last line was less than
a full line of text. Wouldn't Word try and justify the line adding a whole
lot of spaces between the text of the last line. In 2003 it does not seem to
do this. But my question is... is anyone still experiencing this and if so,
how do you reslove the problem?
 
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Jay Freedman

In all versions of Word, if the last line of a justified paragraph ends with
a paragraph mark, that line will not be justified.

There are two situations that can cause the last line to be "stretched" to
justify it:

- If you pressed Ctrl+Shift+J instead of Ctrl+J, the paragraph has
"distributed" alignment. This formatting can't be done through the Format >
Paragraph dialog -- there's no such item in the Alignment dropdown. To fix
it, put the cursor in the paragraph and press Ctrl+J, or use the dialog.

- If you pressed Shift+Enter instead of Enter to get a line break instead of
a paragraph mark, the last visible line of text isn't the last line of the
paragraph, so it's justified. If you click the Show/Hide (¶) button, you'll
see a leftward arrow instead of a pilcrow at the end of that line.

For the curious: "distributed" alignment is intended for use in a one-line
"paragraph" of large font size, such as you'd use to make a sign or placard.

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Regards,
Jay Freedman
Microsoft Word MVP
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Guest

Thank you very much Jay

Jay Freedman said:
In all versions of Word, if the last line of a justified paragraph ends with
a paragraph mark, that line will not be justified.

There are two situations that can cause the last line to be "stretched" to
justify it:

- If you pressed Ctrl+Shift+J instead of Ctrl+J, the paragraph has
"distributed" alignment. This formatting can't be done through the Format >
Paragraph dialog -- there's no such item in the Alignment dropdown. To fix
it, put the cursor in the paragraph and press Ctrl+J, or use the dialog.

- If you pressed Shift+Enter instead of Enter to get a line break instead of
a paragraph mark, the last visible line of text isn't the last line of the
paragraph, so it's justified. If you click the Show/Hide (¶) button, you'll
see a leftward arrow instead of a pilcrow at the end of that line.

For the curious: "distributed" alignment is intended for use in a one-line
"paragraph" of large font size, such as you'd use to make a sign or placard.

--
Regards,
Jay Freedman
Microsoft Word MVP
Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so
all may benefit.
 

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