Ensuring Consistent Lines on Each Page

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 28, 2015)

Ken has a problem when he uses master and subdocuments. He wants all of the pages in the printed document to have the same number of lines, which means he has to turn off widow and orphan control in the document. When he opens the master document, which in turn opens the subdocuments, the widow and orphan control is automatically enabled.

There are several things at play here. The primary thing you need to remember is that widow and orphan control is handled on a section level. In other words, in the same document you could have widow and orphan control enabled in one section and disabled in another. This is crucial, because master and subdocuments rely on sections extensively.

When you create a master document, each subdocument is placed within its own section. The settings in the section override any settings within the actual subdocument itself. Thus, it does no good to turn off widows and orphans in the subdocument files if widows and orphans are enabled in the master document.

The solution to this one problem is to make sure that widows and orphans are turned off everywhere. Individually load the subdocuments. (Don't load them through the master document, but open them individually.) Make sure that widows and orphans are turned off in each section in each subdocument. Then, open the master document. In each section in the master document, make sure that widows and orphans are turned off. If you are creating a new master document, make sure that widows and orphans are turned off before you start inserting subdocuments.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1401) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Aligning Text on a Specific Character

Want to use tab stops to align text according to the position of a certain character? It's easy to do if that character ...

Discover More

Determining Differences Between Dates

Macros are often used to process the data in a worksheet. If that data includes dates that need to be processed, you'll ...

Discover More

Spreading Out a Table

If someone sends you a worksheet that has lots of data in it, you might want to "spread out" the data so you can have ...

Discover More

Comprehensive VBA Guide Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is the language used for writing macros in all Office programs. This complete guide shows both professionals and novices how to master VBA in order to customize the entire Office suite for their needs. Check out Mastering VBA for Office 2010 today!

More WordTips (menu)

Edits Cause Text to Switch to Odd Fonts

If you have problems with strange fonts showing up when you paste information into a document, it is helpful to ...

Discover More

Formatting Differences between Word Versions

Create a document in one version of Word on one machine and then open that document in a different version of Word on a ...

Discover More

Using Chapter Numbers with Page Numbers

Do you need to add page numbers that include, as well, a chapter number? It's relatively easy to do, as described in this ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 6 + 3?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


This Site

Got a version of Word that uses the menu interface (Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.