I recently dug up my old typewriter, and I remembered the days of blue carbon paper and Tippex…
This was not exactly a “fond” memory. However, sometimes I do long for the word processors of days gone by.
WordStar, the first commercially successful word processing software program, was released in 1979. I was still happily using WordStar long after WordPerfect was released. Why? Because I didn’t like how the new “smart” program adjusted my typing all the time!
We all know the term WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get), but what happened to WYTIWYG (What You Type Is What You Get)? Perhaps you share my frustration of seeing my typing changed, moved, and “fixed” without my permission.
Fortunately, with a bit of practice, we CAN be smarter than our computers! Let’s look at a few ways to stay on top of your game:
Text wrapping is a great feature, but sometimes you would need some words to stay together.
For instance, you probably wouldn't want the Ph.D following a name to wrap to the next line. To keep Ph.D with the name, enter a nonbreaking space between the last name and Ph.D. You might even want to enter nonbreaking spaces between each name and even a middle initial, to keep the entire name together.
In the same way you can keep the currency symbol in an amount (i.e. R 150) from separating at the space.
To enter a nonbreaking space, press [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[Spacebar].
A nonbreaking hyphen is almost the same as a nonbreaking space, but it works with manually hyphenated words.
If you don't want Word to wrap at a hyphen character, enter a nonbreaking hyphen instead. When the hyphenated word reaches the right margin, Word will wrap the entire word to the next line, rather than breaking at the hyphen.
To enter a nonbreaking hyphen, press [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[-].
NONBREAKING PARAGRAPHS AND LINES
When you don't want a paragraph or even several lines of text to break between two pages, do the following:
1. Select the paragraph(s).
2. On the Home tab, click the Paragraph group's dialog box launcher (the small arrow at the bottom-right).
3. On the Line and Page Breaks tab, check the Keep lines together option, and click OK.
You can also experiment with the other available options:
· Keep with Next will ensure that a one line paragraph will stay with the next paragraph.
· Widow/Orphan control will cause Word to push an extra line of text to the next page, so that a small bit of text will not be “orphaned” and left alone at the top of a new page. This option is usually checked by default.
· Page break before will force a page break before the selected text.
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