How to fix too much spacing when justifying text

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How to fix too much spacing when justifying text
Use spacing to display text differently in a document. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Spacing plays a huge part in how text appears on your page. Smaller spacing between letters and words allows more words to fit on a line, while larger spacing does the opposite. When you justify text in a word processor, such as Microsoft Word, WordPerfect and OpenOffice.org Writer, your text stretches across both edges of the page, section or column it is in. You can condense or expand the letters and words when you justify text in these applications.

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    Microsoft Word

  1. 1

    Highlight the justified text in your Word document.

  2. 2

    Select the "Home" tab and click the "Font" dialogue box launcher in the bottom, right corner of the "Font" group.

  3. 3

    Click the "Advanced" tab in the Font dialogue box.

  4. 4

    Go to the "Character Spacing" section. Select "Condensed" from the "Spacing" drop-down list. For additional customisation, enter a value for "By."

    WordPerfect

  1. 1

    Select the justified line of text in WordPerfect.

  2. 2

    Select "Format," "Typesetting" and "Word/Letter Spacing" from the menu. The Word/Letter Spacing dialogue box opens.

  3. 3

    Go to the "Word spacing" section to reduce the spacing between words or to the "Letterspacing" section to reduce the spacing between letters.

  4. 4

    Select "Percent of optimal" and decrease the percentage from "100 percent" to a smaller value and then click "OK."

    OpenOffice.org Writer

  1. 1

    Highlight the justified text in OpenOffice.org Writer.

  2. 2

    Select "Format" and "Character" from the menu. The Character dialogue box opens. Click the "Position" tab.

  3. 3

    Change "Default" to "Condensed" from the "Spacing" drop-down list. To customise the spacing, change the value for "by" from "0.0pt" to a higher value, such as "0.5pt" and click "OK."

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