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    Line Break at end of Sentence (2003 SP2)

    I have noticed that my version of Word will not drop the second space when coming to the end of a line in the course of writing a paragraph. So, sometimes my next sentence in a paragraph (at the line break) will start with a single space. This must be a "feature", but for the life of me I cannot find where to change it.

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    Re: Line Break at end of Sentence (2003 SP2)

    Two spaces between sentences are a remnant of the time of typewriters with monospaced fonts.Nowadays, we use proportional fonts, and programs such as Word automatically adjust the space between sentences and between words within a sentence, so there is no need to use two spaces between sentences. As you have found, it actually leads to problems. So you should switch to single spaces between sentences.

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    liner
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    Re: Line Break at end of Sentence (2003 SP2)

    Thank you Hans. And yes, I indeed did learn on a typewriter. But my problem is that I need to do many of my documents in Courier New, which has the same needs as typing.......

    (And, even when a proportional font is used, the eye scans a sentence easier when the end of the sentence has more space than that between words. At least to these old eyes <img src=/S/beep.gif border=0 alt=beep width=15 height=15> .)

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    Re: Line Break at end of Sentence (2003 SP2)

    Check Tools | Options..., Compatibility tab. If the check box for the option "Wrap trailing spaces to next line" is ticked, spaces at the end of a line may be moved to the beginning of the next line. If this check box is clear, that shouldn't happen.

    (See Description of the Compatibility options that are available in the Options dialog box in Word 2003, Word 2002, and Word 2000)

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    Re: Line Break at end of Sentence (2003 SP2)

    You may also want to look at Tools > Options > Spelling and Grammar... > Settings to make sure that your use of spaces at the end of sentences is consistent.

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