A lot of folks use justified paragraphs in their documents. Me, I’m not such a fan of that. I like the look of the ragged edge, but many people such as lawyers, teachers, etc. like the look of that neat justified edge. As you know, in those paragraphs both the left and right edges of your text are aligned, as in the great American novel and Good Housekeeping magazine.
If you are one of the folks who like those justified paragraphs, you may have noticed when you have added a manual line break (Shift + Enter), Word will force the line to the full width of your paragraph and it can look mighty strange and make your document look very unprofessional. Luckily, there is a way around this.
Follow the steps below to learn how:
- Display the Word Options dialog box. In Word 2007, click Office Button | Word Options. In Word 2010 and versions after that, click File | Ribbon.
- At the left-hand side of the dialog box, click Advanced.
- Scroll down to the Layout Options.
- Select Don’t expand character spaces on a line that ends with SHIFT+ RETURN.
- Click OK.
Doing this will make this the default for manual line breaks. Should you not want that as the default, there is another work around.
Follow the steps below:
- Place a tab character just before your Shift | Enter.
When you do this, Word will make the line with the tab left aligned, ignoring the justification alignment you applied to your whole paragraph.