OpenOffice Tutorial: Avoid orphan paragraphs.
- Open Office Writer has a feature called "Orphan Control" for paragraphs.
- 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.
- To illustrate this feature, note first that there are 5 lines in the first part of this paragraph.
- The next part of the paragraph is here on the next page. Take note that this part has only two lines.
- Now, to adjust the orphan control for this paragraph, first make sure it is selected by clicking anywhere on the paragraph.
- Once selected, click here on "Format."
- In the menu that opens click on "Paragraph..."
- In the text flow tab, find the checkbox for "Orphan control" here.
- Across it there should be a numbered field indicating the lines specified for Orphan control.
- 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.
- Just click on these arrows to increase/decrease the value for orphan control.
- For illustrative purposes we are changing this to 6 lines. Once finished just click on OK.
- 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.
- 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.
- Great! You have learned how to adjust orphan controls.
by Kaj Kandler
Avoid orphan paragraphs.
This screencast demonstrates how to format paragraphs so that no orphans remain at the end of a page. You learn:
- How to select a paragraph.
- How to format the paragraph for orphan control.
For related functionality see:
- Avoid breaking off only a few lines from a paragraph to the next page (widow).
- Keep lines of the same paragraph together.
- Keep a paragraph on the same page as the following paragraph.
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