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Widow Control

Widow Control is a feature that lets you adjust how paragraphs behave when they are split in-between page breaks. More specifically it prevents a paragraph from leaving its first line on the previous page which may cause some discontinuity when the paragraph is read.

Widow control does this by specifying the number of lines allowed after the page break. If the number of lines is less than the amount specified in it, then the whole paragraph is automatically adjusted to meet that specification.

This feature is useful in composing documents, since it will make pages look complete, preventing that odd looking widowed line at the start of the page.

Using Widow Control

The following screencasts demonstrate how to adjust paragraph Widow controls:

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