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Justify stretches last line

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Do you know how to make MS Word not make justified paragraphs 

look                      like                  this                                       please?

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Hello @CaroleSL,

To prevent Microsoft Word from justifying paragraphs and avoid the stretched last line, you can follow these steps:

1. Select the paragraphs or the entire document that you want to modify.

2. Go to the "Home" tab in the Microsoft Word ribbon.

3. In the "Paragraph" section, click on the small arrow in the bottom right corner to open the "Paragraph" dialog box.

4. In the "Paragraph" dialog box, navigate to the "Alignment" tab.

5. In the "Alignment" section, select the "Left" alignment option. This will align the text to the left margin and remove the justification.

6. Click on the "OK" button to apply the changes.


By setting the alignment to "Left," Word will no longer justify the paragraphs and the text will appear with a ragged right edge, preventing the stretched last line.

Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut "Ctrl + L" to quickly align the selected text to the left margin.

Kindest regards

Leon Pavesic

 

best response confirmed by CaroleSL (Iron Contributor)
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@CaroleSL Use the Enter key (new paragraph), rather than Shift+Enter (new line) to terminate the line.

In the following screen shot, Shift+Enter was used after the word "document." and the Enter key was used after the word "theme."

Doug_Robbins_Word_MVP_0-1688173513162.png

 

@Doug_Robbins_Word_MVP , thanks - that fixed it. 

@LeonPavesic , I want justify, not left justify.

 

@CaroleSL, you can just hit the tab key at the end of your last, weirdly looking, sentence. This will left-align your last sentence, without changing the alignment of the whole paragraph. 

 

Good luck.

@CaroleSL 

 

Hi Carole,

 

This indicates, to me, that the last line is ended using a manual line break rather than a paragraph break.

 

The paragraph break is created when you press the Enter key when typing text.

 

Look at the non-printing formatting marks to see this for yourself.

Nonprinting Formatting Marks by Suzanne Barnhill, MVP

@CaroleSL 

 

The solution is:

 

In the Home > Paragraph section click ¶ sign (paragraph marks). As shown in the next figure, the reason of this is the enter/arrow sign that causes the last line to be justified (wide open). Simply click and select the arrow and delete it with pushing DELETE on your keyboard (highlighted in the image):

 

Figure 1:

 

fg1.pngOnce you do this, the issue should be automatically resolved. If the space/line after the parapgraph dissapears, make sure to add the new space/line with only ENTER, not shift+ENTER. If you do click shift+ENTER, the issue will occur again. Once you follow these steps, the corrected version should be like:

 

Figure 2:

fg2.png

Perfect for when I want to continue the same paragraph without stretching alignment.
E.g., Like this.
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best response confirmed by CaroleSL (Iron Contributor)
Solution

@CaroleSL Use the Enter key (new paragraph), rather than Shift+Enter (new line) to terminate the line.

In the following screen shot, Shift+Enter was used after the word "document." and the Enter key was used after the word "theme."

Doug_Robbins_Word_MVP_0-1688173513162.png

 

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