Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together

Learn how to use Word features to keep Words, Lines and Paragraphs together to create a more professional looking document.

When working on documents, Word automatically decides where to split words, lines and paragraphs.  Many times, the default can cause the look of your document to change.  It can also interfere with the emphasis of what you are writing by splitting hyphenated words or splitting key points.  It is always a best practice to use Word’s features instead of manually manipulating your document.  Below are the step by step instructions for keeping words, lines and paragraphs together in word using Word features. 

Keeping Words Together by Using a Nonbreaking Space

  1. Click where you need to insert the nonbreaking space.
  2. Click the Insert tab.
  3. Click Symbol in the Symbols group.Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together
  4. The Symbols box will open. Click the More Symbols button.Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together
  5. The Symbols dialog box will open. Click the Special Characters tab.Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together
  6. Click on Nonbreaking space and click the Insert button.Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together
  7. Click Close to complete the process.Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together
  8. The word before the nonbreaking space and the word after will now be kept together. NOTE:  The space indicator changes to denote it is now a nonbreaking space.Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together

Keeping a Hyphenated Word Together by Using a Nonbreaking Hyphen

  1. Select the hyphen within the word. Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together
  2. Click the Insert tab.
  3. Click Symbol in the Symbols group.Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together
  4. The Symbols box will open. Click the More Symbols button.Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together
  5. The Symbols dialog box will open. Click the Special Characters tab.Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together
  6. Click the Nonbreaking Hyphen and click the Insert button.Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together
  7. Click Close to complete the process.Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together
  8. The hyphen within the word is now changed to a nonbreaking hyphen, allowing the full word to stay together on the same line.Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together

Keeping a Paragraph Together on One Page

  1. Click within the split paragraph you need to keep together.
  2. Click the Home tab.
  3. Click Paragraph Settings button within the Paragraph group.Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together
  4. The Paragraph dialog box will open. NOTE:  You can also right-click within the paragraph and select Paragraph to open the Paragraph dialog box.  Click the Line and Page Breaks tab.Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together
  5. Check the Keep lines together box and click OK to complete the process.Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together
  6. The full paragraph is now kept together and moved to the next page. NOTE:  The symbol at the beginning of the paragraph denotes a Pagination setting was used.  This comes in handy when you are troubleshooting document spacing and adding to a document.Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together

Keeping Two Paragraphs Together

  1. Highlight the first paragraph. Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together
  2. Click the Home tab.
  3. Click Paragraph Settings button within the Paragraph group.Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together
  4. The Paragraph dialog box will open. NOTE:  You can also right-click within the paragraph and select Paragraph to open the Paragraph dialog box.  Click the Line and Page Breaks tab.Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together
  5. Check the Keep with Next box and click OK to complete the process. Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together
  6. The highlighted paragraph is moved to the next page to keep it with the second paragraph. In this example, we used a subtitle as the first paragraph.  NOTE:  The symbol at the beginning of the first paragraph denotes a Pagination setting was used.  This comes in handy when you are troubleshooting document spacing and adding to a document.Keeping Words, Lines and Paragraphs Together

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