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OpenOffice Tutorial: Avoid orphan paragraphs.

How-To: OpenOffice Tutorial: Avoid orphan paragraphs.
  1. Open Office Writer has a feature called "Orphan Control" for paragraphs.
  2. This feature allows you to adjust how many lines a paragraph can have before a page break. Otherwise the whole paragraph is shifted to the next page.
  3. To illustrate this feature, note first that there are 5 lines in the first part of this paragraph.
  4. The next part of the paragraph is here on the next page. Take note that this part has only two lines.
  5. Now, to adjust the orphan control for this paragraph, first make sure it is selected by clicking anywhere on the paragraph.
  6. Once selected, click here on "Format."
  7. In the menu that opens click on "Paragraph..."
  8. In the text flow tab, find the checkbox for "Orphan control" here.
  9. Across it there should be a numbered field indicating the lines specified for Orphan control.
  10. If the paragraph in the page break has less lines than the ones indicated here then the whole paragraph will be shifted to the next page automatically.
  11. Just click on these arrows to increase/decrease the value for orphan control.
  12. For illustrative purposes we are changing this to 6 lines. Once finished just click on OK.
  13. Great! Since the first part of the paragraph earlier had only 5 lines instead of the 6 required by orphan control, all 5 lines have been shifted to the next page instead.
  14. Notice here on the page above that though there is still space for text, the paragraph text isn't here because of the orphan control.
  15. Great! You have learned how to adjust orphan controls.

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Show OpenOffice Tutorial: Avoid orphan paragraphs.

Avoid orphan paragraphs.

This screencast demonstrates how to format paragraphs so that no remain at the end of a page. You learn:

  • How to select a paragraph.
  • How to format the paragraph for orphan control.

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