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Word: Text butting up against page numbers in a TOC

February 23, 2010

Sometimes, the last word of a heading butts up against the right-aligned page number and doesn’t wrap to the next line, as shown in the screen shot below:

Text butts up against the page number

Text butts up against the page number

It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. The problem is that this situation makes it hard to read both the last word and the page number.

One ‘solution’ is to force it to wrap by doing a forced line break in the heading, but this is not ideal.

Well, I discovered another way to solve the problem that involves a slight change to the TOC1, TOC2, and TOC3 styles in the template (or document). Just set the right indent for the paragraph setting for each of these styles to 0.5 cm (1/4″). The word butting up against the page number now wraps correctly to the next line and is much more readable:

Adding a right indent adds a little more white space

Adding a right indent adds a little more white space

Problem solved!

3 comments

  1. […] Left and right indents (I usually make all my right indents about 0.8 cm to stop long text butting up against the page number) […]



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