Widow/Orphan control in Word 2007

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Do you want your page to stretch right across your monitor?  By using “Zoom to Page Width” you can do just that.

To Zoom to Page Width in Word 2007:

1) Click on the “View” tab in the ribbon

2) Look for the “Zoom” group

3) Click on “Page Width”

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Are you really annoyed by the sound that Outlook makes when an email arrives in your (or more likely your colleagues) inbox.  Or do you need to know instantly when there is a new message addressed to you?

Whichever side of the fence you sit on, sovaldi
the chime or sound email notification is a configurable feature of Outlook 2007.

To turn on or turn of audible email notifications in Outlook 2007:

1) Click on “Tools” in the menu”

2) Click on “Options”

3) Make sure you are on the “Preferences” tab

4) Click on “E-mail Options…”

5) Click on “Advanced E-Mail Options…”

6) About 1/3 of the way down the “Advanced E-mail Options” windows, hospital there is a section called “When new items arrive in my Inbox”.  Check (or uncheck) “Play a sound”

7) Click “OK” three times to close all the windows

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Gridlines are a great tool to use if you have a number of objects in your Word document, this web
and want to ensure proper alignment between them all.

To turn on gridlines (which appear in the background of your document, this web
and do not get printed):

1) Make sure you are on the “Page Layout” tab of the ribbon

2) Look for the “Arrange” group – on the right hand side of the ribbon

3) Click on “Align”

4) Click on “View Gridlines”


To turn gridlines off again, just repeat the process above.  You will notice that this is another option when you click on “Align”, called “Grid Settings”  Using this feature you can customise how the grid appears and impacts in your document.  For example, you can ensure that objects snap to each other, the spacing of the grid, and whether the grid uses your margins or not.  Very good if you want fine control over the placement of objects in your document.

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Those of you who have been desktop publishing for a while will know what Widow/Orphan control is. 

For those that don’t… imagine that you are writing a paragraph, noun
and the last line of the paragraph doesn’t quite fit on one page, so it jumps to the next page.  That would look pretty silly right? 

Well Widow/Orphan control is the way that Word makes sure that the exact situation described above does not happen.  By default Widow/Orphan control in Word 2007 will be turned on, but like everything in Word, you can toggle it to meet your needs.

To toggle Widow/Orphan control in Word 2007:

1) Make sure you are on the “Home” tab of the ribbon

2) Look for the “Paragraph” group

3) Click on the little square and arrow icon in the bottom right hand border of the “Paragraph” group

4) Click on the “Line and Page Breaks” tab of the box that appears

5) In the “Pagination” group, uncheck (or check) the “Widow/Orphan control” checkbox


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3 thoughts on “Widow/Orphan control in Word 2007

  1. This is a very good explanation of how to disable (or enable) the Widow/Orphan control in Word 2007…. however, this control does not hold. I have even tried setting it as the default for future documents, but it does not even stay disabled for the document that I am composing. How can I PERMANENTLY disable the Widow/Orphan command?

  2. And is there any way to set the parameters for widow/orphan control, i.e., minimum lines to cause or avoid a page break.Years ago, I used to write stuff in troff. There we had:
    .ne [number of lines]
    Anything like that in Word? If not, it’s a major omission.

  3. I’m having the same problem as Kat, and I’m in Word 2010. I disable the widow and orphan control, then when I see my pages not aligning at the bottom, I return to the control and the box is checked again. Setting it to default created a bunch of other issues, moving my chapter numbers to the left instead of staying in the center. This can’t be right. What’s the solution?

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