Microsoft Word 2010 has an option called Widow/Orphan Control that will affect how single lines of paragraphs are displayed in your document. When this option is enabled, Word will adjust the layout of your document so that single lines of a paragraph are not stranded at the top or bottom of a page
This is not a default behavior, however, and you can choose to turn off the widow/orphan control on a per-document basis. Our guide below will show you where to find this setting so that you can adjust it for any document that you edit in Word 2010.
Disabling Widow/Orphan Control in Word 2010
The steps in this article will show you where to go in Word 2010 so that you can turn off the widow/orphan control that is adjusting the way that multi-page paragraphs are displaying in your document. When you turn off this setting, your paragraphs will display naturally, with no consideration for where they break on the page.
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- Open your document in Word 2010.
- Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
- Click the small button at the bottom-right corner of the Paragraph section in the ribbon.
- Click the Line and Page Breaks tab at the top of the window.
- Click the box to the left of Widow/Orphan Control to remove the check mark. You can then click the OK button at the bottom of the window to apply your changes.
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