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Chapter 6. Type and Typography > Paragraph Formatting

Paragraph Formatting

Character formatting is all very well and good, but when it comes to how text flows in a column, it don't make Bo Diddley squat. To handle text flow on a paragraph level, you have to use paragraph formatting. These controls include indents, leading, tabs, drop caps, and hyphenation and justification, as well as some esoteric functions such as Keep with Next ¶ and widow and orphan control. In this section, I'll discuss each of these features. In addition, as usual, I'll give lots of examples so you can see what I'm talking about.

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Selecting Paragraphs. I often look over people's shoulders as they work, and what I see could scare a moose. One such scare is the technique of selecting a paragraph so that they can apply some paragraph formatting to it (leading, space before, or whatever). People think that they have to select the whole paragraph first. Not true! When you change paragraph formatting, you only need the cursor in the paragraph you want to change. That means you can have one word selected, or three sentences, or half of one paragraph and half of another, or whatever.



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