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Old 06-15-2018, 09:45 AM
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I need to set a 36-character, one column margin but can't figure out how to do that. Also, I'm trying to turn on line numbering but can't get that to happen. I've gone into


"Line Numbering," ticked the box that says "Add line numbering" and "continuous" and clicked "Okay," but I'm not seeing them. Do I have to be in a particular view?

I'm using Microsoft Office 365 on a PC, Windows 10.

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I need to set a 36-character, one column margin but can't figure out how to do that.
The number of characters depends on the width of the characters and font size. Each of the lines below has 10 characters.


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It would help if you could tell us why you want this.
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*** Also, I'm trying to turn on line numbering but can't get that to happen. I've gone into
"Line Numbering," ticked the box that says "Add line numbering" and "continuous" and clicked "Okay," but I'm not seeing them. Do I have to be in a particular view?
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You need to be in Print view.
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It would help if you could tell us why you want this.
I'm completing an assignment for a course on indexing books. The criteria for the assignment say no more than 300 lines, with no more than 36 characters per line. I realize that the font would have an effect, but I'm not sure how that figures in. I just need to set the margins somehow so that I can see what the number of lines is.

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You need to be in Print view.
Thanks for that information.
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Use a monospaced font such as Courier New and adjust the size of the font to give you 36 characters per line.


I believe that the margin settings shown will produce no more than 36 characters per line with Courier New 12 pt. font. This is on letter-size paper.
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I'm completing an assignment for a course on indexing books. The criteria for the assignment say no more than 300 lines, with no more than 36 characters per line.
Whoever specified those criteria either has no idea about proportional fonts or they're expecting you to use a fixed-width font. They also seem to be disregarding differences in word length. Universities and the like typically specify assignment lengths in terms of word count, not the number of lines or characters per line.
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Whoever specified those criteria either has no idea about proportional fonts or they're expecting you to use a fixed-width font. They also seem to be disregarding differences in word length. Universities and the like typically specify assignment lengths in terms of word count, not the number of lines or characters per line.
Thanks, Paul. This is a very different kind of course and assignment from the typical word count. When you're creating an index for a book, publishers will often specify line length and number of lines allowed (has to do with how many blank pages are left at the back of the book). An indexer has to work within these criteria, and that's the challenge with this assignment. I have the info I need now.
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Regardless, Indices typically use proportional fonts and the number of characters that will fit on a line depend on all three of the type face, point size and characters actually used.
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