Microsoft KB Archive/50175

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Controlling Widow and Orphan Lines in Word for Windows PSS ID Number: Q50175 Article last modified on 07-14-1994

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The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 1.0, 1.1, 1.1a, 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b, 2.0c


Widow (the last line of a paragraph) control prevents a line from being printed by itself at the top of a page. It also prevents an orphan (the first line of a paragraph) from being printed by itself at the bottom of a page. To turn Widow Control on and off, choose Format Document (ALT+T D), clear or select Widow Control (ALT+C), and choose the OK button or press the ENTER key. Widow Control should be off if every page must have the same number of lines.

Widow control is not applied to paragraphs that have three lines or fewer. An alternative for small paragraphs is to use the Keep Paragraph Together option in the Format Paragraph dialog box, which keeps the paragraph from being split between pages.

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