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Old 12-23-2008, 06:10 AM
EtienneOBrien EtienneOBrien is offline Help please: Keeping spaced characters on one line Windows 10 Help please: Keeping spaced characters on one line Office 2016
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I am using MS word 2003.



In my long document I separate all figure and their units, for example
"20 % "not "20%". In my left justified text this means that sometimes the number "20" and the unit "%" appear at the end of one line and the start of the next.

I would be grateful for advice.
A. Is there an easy way to prevent this happening or B. is there a wild card I can use to search for all instances where these occur so that I can manually create spaces so that both the number and the unit appear on the same line.

Thank you.
Etienne
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Old 12-23-2008, 12:53 PM
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What you want is a "non-breaking space" between the figures and there units:

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When Word calculates line width and wraps text to the next line, it tries to break the line at either a space or a hyphen. Sometimes, however, you may not want Word to break a line at a certain space. For instance, you may want to make sure that two adjacent words appear on the same line as each other. The answer is to use non-breaking spaces instead of regular spaces when you don't want Word to break a line at a certain space. To do this, hold down the Ctrl and Shift keys as you press the Spacebar. Word will then not break the line at that point.
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Thank you for this advice.

I'd still like a simple way of finding all the instances where this breaking occurs in my document (a 300 page PhD thesis). However, I realise that this may not be possible. I seems from this advice that shall have to use the find function for all cases where this occurs [including %, the symbol for degrees, and the units ug and mg etc] and insert a non breaking space as appropriate.

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Thank you for this advice.

I'd still like a simple way of finding all the instances where this breaking occurs in my document (a 300 page PhD thesis). However, I realise that this may not be possible. I seems from this advice that shall have to use the find function for all cases where this occurs [including %, the symbol for degrees, and the units ug and mg etc] and insert a non breaking space as appropriate.

Etienne
It is probably possible to create some sort of macro to automate some of this, but I think even with a 300 page paper that it is easier to use find and replace all. I just tested and you can use find and replace to search for " %" and replace with "'ctrl-shift-space'%" and do a replace all and it should replace all the regular spaces in front of a percent sign, with the non-breaking spaces. Repeat for each unit sign you have to do and it should still only take 10 minutes or so.

Hope this helps.
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