OpenOffice Tutorial: Avoid paragraph widows.
- Open Office Writer has a feature called "Widow Control."
- This control specifies the number of paragraph lines allowed at the start of a page after a page break.
- To illustrate this, first take note that this paragraph spans two pages. The first part is here with 5 lines.
- The second part is here at the start of the next page, and has only two lines. This is the "Widow."
- To adjust this paragraph's "Widow Controls" First select it by highlighting any text on the paragraph.
- Once selected click here on "Format."
- On the menu that opens click on "Paragraph..."
- On the "Text Flow" tab click here on the "Widow Control" checkbox.
- Directly across it, is a numbered field that indicates the minimum number of lines specified for widow control.
- You can increase/decrease this value just by clicking on these arrows.
- For our example we have changed the value to four lines.
- Once you're finished just press OK.
- Great! Notice that the paragraph has adjusted, and there are now four lines of text present here at the "widow" instead of the two lines before.
- Notice as well that there are now only three lines of text in the paragraph on the previous page.
- Congratulations! You have learned how to adjust paragraph widow controls.
by Kaj Kandler
Avoid widow paragraphs
This screencast demonstrates how to format a paragraph so that no widows are created at the beginning of a page. You learn:
- How to select a paragraph.
- How to format the paragraph for orphan control.
For related functionality see:
- Keep a paragraph on the same page as the following paragraph.
- Avoid a paragraph breaking to the next page after only few lines (orphan).
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