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a few words stretch in a line in MS Word

by qqqqmmmm / April 21, 2009 6:39 AM PDT


I have the following situation. I have a few words followed by a really long URL. So when I use justified display, the few words stretch to the entire line, and the long URL is on the next line. It looks like this:
dsf sdf werasd sd dsd

Does anyone know how to make the word spacing the same, and make the url display in 2 lines?



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Don't use Justify for that line.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 21, 2009 6:41 AM PDT

Just let Word display the line from left to right by turning off Justify for that line.


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RE: displaying a really long URL in Microsoft Word
by qqqqmmmm / April 21, 2009 8:22 AM PDT

Hi Mark,

Thanks a lot for your reply. However this would make the line look like shorter than the other ones...

I have manually pressed "enter" in the middle of the really long URL to make it 2 parts - one is displayed on the first line with the only few words, and the second part of hte URL goes to the second line.

However is there a easier way to do this without having to do this manually for every long URL?



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(NT) A 2-part URL won't be clickable.
by Kees Bakker / April 21, 2009 5:35 PM PDT
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Great point Kees!
by qqqqmmmm / April 21, 2009 11:57 PM PDT

However I think we can make the 2-part URL a hyperlink and that should solve this problem.

I need to submit a printed copy so this would not matter anyway.

I appreciate your reply.


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I agree with Kees, and in addition,
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 21, 2009 8:15 PM PDT

are you sure that "Fully Justified" text is the best way to format this document?

Fully Justified may be proper in books or in newspaper print, but in other documents, like reports, blogs, essays, etc, such formatting can be quite difficult to read, and often produces anomalies. Have a look at the two examples I have created, (using text from the Forum Policy link on the left), to see the difference between fully justified and left justified text in Word;

To my mind the left justified version seems better, and easier to read.

However, if you want to or need to stay with Fully Justified, there are things you can try;

1] For those lines, usually at the end of a paragraph, where just a few words stretch across the whole line, make them Left Justified. You would have to experiment, for example, moving that last line down temporarily to break it away from the paragraph before left justifying it.

2] The URL link can be displayed in a shortened version with a Display Name. Highlight the link, goto Insert > Hyperlink, (in Word), and type in "Text to display".

3] If that doesn't work, then just reformat the paragraph so that the line in question is on its own with a part paragraph above and the remainder below, with empty lines separating them.

I hope there's something there that helps.


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(NT) Thanks Mark!
by qqqqmmmm / April 21, 2009 11:55 PM PDT
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