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Absolute Positioning of Paragraphs

PSS ID Number: Q35310 Article last modified on 11-02-1994




The following new command and submenu were added in Word 5.00 to the Format menu:

Format pOsition: horizontal frame position: Left relative to:(Column) Margins Page vertical frame position: Normal relative to:(Margins) Page frame width: Same as Column distance from text: 0.16"

In Word version 5.00, a paragraph can be defined as a virtual frame and text in this frame. The virtual frame is the one that surrounds all the paragraph text, as well as the space before and after the text. The indents of a paragraph are relative to the virtual frame.

The frame width is not always equal to the width of the printed page. In a multicolumn page, the frame width of a paragraph will be equal to the width of the column that contains it. Note also that the frame here has nothing to do with the paragraph borders set with the Format Border command. If anything, the virtual frame of a paragraph includes its borders.

With Word version 5.00, you can absolutely position paragraph frames, control their horizontal and vertical positions, and resize them to an arbitrary width. Absolutely positioned frames can overlap natural or “in-line” frames, in which case the “in-line” text will automatically flow around the absolutely positioned text, if necessary.

The position of the paragraph frame is different from the position of text within the frame, which will be controlled (as in Word version 4.00) by changing the paragraph alignment properties, the indents, and the space before and after properties. For example, a paragraph could be justified and have a certain left indent specified with the Format Paragraph command, while its frame is right aligned on the page.

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