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Unwanted gaps

Postby jeffrey3600 » Thu May 23, 2019 8:14 am

I´m editing a short story. It is written in double space format. When I do an edit, for example add additional words to a line, I end up with a shorter line below. Is there a way to get the entire page to keeps it´s structure?
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Re: unwanted gaps

Postby keme » Thu May 23, 2019 8:31 am

jeffrey3600 wrote:I´m editing a short story. It is written in double space format. When I do an edit, for example add additional words to a line, I end up with a shorter line below. Is there a way to get the entire page to keeps it´s structure?
Most likely there is. However, you need to tell us what, in your opinion, constitutes "page structure". Is it line count, paragraph behavior (e.g. alignment, widow/orphan handling), visual appearance of the page (shapes when observed from a distance), existence/appearance of page headers/footers, or something entirely different?
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Re: unwanted gaps

Postby RoryOF » Thu May 23, 2019 8:40 am

If each line is terminated when writing with Enter Writer is being used as a typewriter and making each line as what Writer considers as a paragraph. Turn on /View /non printing characters (the same command turns off the resulting display) and tell us what you see at line ends? Do they have backwards P characters shown?
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Re: unwanted gaps

Postby jeffrey3600 » Thu May 23, 2019 1:04 pm

Yes, there are "backward P´s".

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Re: unwanted gaps

Postby jeffrey3600 » Thu May 23, 2019 1:12 pm

After adding or subtracting words to a line, only half a sentence or just a word will appear on the following line. If I use delete after the last word then that line is fine but the problems just drops down to the next line, etc.

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Re: unwanted gaps

Postby robleyd » Thu May 23, 2019 1:42 pm

It seems like you may have unnecessary paragraph breaks. Can you upload a sample file that shows the situation?

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Re: unwanted gaps

Postby Bill » Thu May 23, 2019 2:15 pm

jeffrey3600 wrote:After adding or subtracting words to a line, only half a sentence or just a word will appear on the following line. If I use delete after the last word then that line is fine but the problems just drops down to the next line, etc.

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That's exactly what should happen if each line is terminated by pressing ENTER or SHIFT-ENTER. ENTER and SHIFT-ENTER insert manual line breaks which tell OpenOffice or any other word processor to start a new line instead of automatically wrapping text at the margin or paragraph indent. Removing a manual line break from any one line will pull up text from the next line, but the manual line break will remain on the next line, making it shorter since some text has been moved to the line above.
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Re: unwanted gaps

Postby RoryOF » Thu May 23, 2019 4:44 pm

From your description of what is happening, the document has been directly formatted by Enter being pressed at the end of each line. This is OK to do when one has a document composed of short lines, such as in a back and forth conversation, but using a word processor such as Writer, it is best to allow the blocks of text be continuous, and terminate each block (an entire paragraph) with Enter, causing Writer to break the lines according to the justification options selected. In the case of the directly formatted document you describe you have two choices - remove the direct formatting and reformat the entrire document, or (probably easier) continue using the direct formatting and adjusting for your alterations.

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