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    Columns Justified (Office 2000)

    In a document with justified columns how do you tell Word not to justify the last line of a paragraph? It spreads the line too much. In a long document many last lines of paragraphs need to be fixed.

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    Re: Columns Justified (Office 2000)

    By default Word doesn't justify the last line of a paragraph. It sounds like you've got 'soft' carriage returns instead of 'hard' ones - switch on your codes (the backwards P on the toolbar, usually next to the view percentage button) so you can see the paragraph marks - if they're right angle arrows, instead of backwards P's (like the toolbar button), you've got the wrong type. You can replace them all by doing find and replace with ^l in find and ^p in replace (the first is a small L). This should solve your problem. Whether the text is in columns or not shouldn't make a difference.

    By the way, how was the document created? Because if you just type and press return at the end of a paragraph, you get the (correct) hard paragraph returns automatically - the soft ones are usually put in when you paste text from an email or something similar.

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    Re: Columns Justified (Office 2000)

    Another thought - in an old wordprocessor I used there were two ways of doing full justification - the normal way, where the last line is not justified, and 'force justify', where every line, regardless of length or position in a paragraph, is made to fit the right margin. I don't have O2k on this machine (mine's at home), but does it have something like that? I haven't seen it recently anywhere, but you never know ...
    Beryl M


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