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    Full Justification Compatibility Option (Word 2000 SR-1)

    Hi Everyone:
    In WOW #6.40 - Better Justification in Word, Woody published an article on justifying text by condensing it, rather than expanding it. Someone on another Word list discovered something that puzzles me. If you do the following:
    1. Go to Tools/Options/Compatibility & tick the box for "Do full justification like Word Perfect 6.x for Windows".
    2. Type a paragraph.
    3. Drag the right indent marker on the ruler to the left of the margin.
    4. Set a tab to the right of the margin.
    5. With the cursor in the paragraph, press the tab button.
    6. Now justify the paragraph (Ctrl+J).

    The tab seems to disappear. It's still there (you can find it with Find/Replace box). I can't figure out why this happens. Does anyone have an idea?

    Also, if you have TOC styles with a tab set to the right of the right indent marker, the tab "disappears", causing the page number to squish against the heading text. <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15>

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Full Justification Compatibility Option (Word 2000 SR-1)

    Hi Phil,

    Justification seems to be plain buggy if you have a tab to the right of the right indent <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>,

    I guess tabstops to the right of the right indent should just be ignored because they don't make any sense, but it seems Word isn't smart enough to make that decision <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    With the compatibility setting, as you described, the tab becomes invisible, and the right margin is most of the time ignored for the rest of the paragraph.
    Without the compatibility setting, the text after the tab starts at the tab stop and isn't justified at all but prints on and on, moving off the page beyond the right border.

    With the compatibility setting: If the tab is to the left of the right indent/right margin, the letters in the word(s) after the tab are sometimes squished together much more than reasonable. To see this, jiggle the tab (drag it with the mouse while holding down the Alt-key) until the word(s) after the tab about fit between tab and right indent/right margin. Since this may happen quite often, it seems like a true, inevitable drawback to the compatibility setting.

    <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>Klaus

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    Re: Full Justification Compatibility Option (Word 2000 SR-1)

    Hi Klaus:

    Thanks for taking a look at this. It seems to work similar in Word 97 also. The bottom line seems to be that you shouldn't put a tab stop to the right of the right indentation marker.

    I'm in front of a Word 97 computer now & I don't notice anything strange if the tab is to the right of the margin, so long as it's to the left of the right indent marker. Whew! <img src=/S/brainwash.gif border=0 alt=brainwash width=15 height=15>

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