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Controlling line and page breaks
Controlling line and page breaks
As you insert text, pictures, and other items into your docu-
ment, a part of the Word 2013 program called the layout engine
continuously evaluates the positions of the text characters. As
a line’s content approaches the right margin, the layout engine
decides whether the next word will fit on the same line or
whether it needs to start a new line. As the text approaches the
bottom margin, the layout engine decides whether to start a
new page. You can change the rules that the layout engine uses
to make these decisions by setting some options.
practice to avoid a single line from the end of a paragraph
appearing at the top of a page (in printer’s jargon, this is called
a widow ) or a single line from the beginning of a paragraph at
the bottom of a page (called an orphan ).
If you use automatic hyphenation in your document, you might
want to prevent hyphenation in specific paragraphs or in certain
You can control these layout actions by setting options in the
definitions of paragraph styles, or by setting them one para-
graph at a time.
You usually want headings, table titles, and similar text to stay
on the same page as the text that follows them. It’s also good
Fix unwanted page breaks
1 Click in the paragraph that you want to format.
2 On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the dialog box
launcher to open the Paragraph dialog box.
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