June 21

A user called in today with a Microsoft Word issue, we don’t usually support Microsoft Word but most “issues” end up being very simple fixes. The issue today was that he user was unable to start the beginning of a paragraph at the end of a page, without the entire paragraph being shifted to the next page. Not ever having encountered the issue myself, I suggested two fixes

1. Shift Enter instead of “enter” at the EOL of the previous paragraph. This inserts a line break instead of a paragraph break.

2. The old Microsoft Word “Make-it-Fit” tool, which for-whatever-reason, Microsoft has made difficult to find. It looks like it’s been renamed to “Shrink to Fit”

Apparently option #1 worked but it caused issues with the user’s formatting, option 2 did not do much. The user was able to stumble upon a “paragraph” option in word which I’ve never used before, the solution was “Window/Orphan Control”. Here are some links that explain options 1-3:

  1. Line Break: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/insert-a-manual-line-break-HP005257877.aspx
  2. Make It Fit aka Shrink to Fit:
    1. http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-word/archive/2010/09/10/shrink-to-fit-in-word.aspx
    2. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2664217