Paragraph Styles, WIDOWS/ORPHANS

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Sep 21, 2020 Sep 21, 2020

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Hi! Is there a best practice way to ensure a minimum amount of words on a bottom line of text as to prevent widows/orphans (see in yellow, please excuse my silly redactions)? I usually return a word or two on the line before or add a few spaces to drop the text on the lower line but when I am revising text this becomes messy.

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Sep 21, 2020 Sep 21, 2020
Besides setting good H&J values in the paragraph style, you can also add a GREP style: .{20}$ Translation: the last 20 characters in the paragraph Apply a character style to it named NoBreak, wherein you have turned on just the nobreak command. This effectively forbids any last lines being any shorter than 20 characters (or whatever number you put into this formula)

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Sep 21, 2020 Sep 21, 2020

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Besides setting good H&J values in the paragraph style, you can also add a GREP style:

.{20}$

Translation: the last 20 characters in the paragraph

Apply a character style to it named NoBreak, wherein you have turned on just the nobreak command. This effectively forbids any last lines being any shorter than 20 characters (or whatever number you put into this formula)

Mike Witherell

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BTW, these are known as short or runt lines; not necessarily widows nor orphans.

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Sep 25, 2020 Sep 25, 2020

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Hi there,

 

Thanks for reaching out. In addition to Mike's response, I'd recommend checking out this Adobe Community discussion and see if the steps suggested here help you out.

 

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Ashutosh

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Sep 25, 2020 Sep 25, 2020

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Another option is to check the Balance Ragged Lines box in your paragraph attributes.

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