how to fix weird justified spacing in word

Hi Marcus. How do I format section breaks? It seems that some who learned the original rule feel pretty strongly about it, and that’s their choice. He a little confused, but he got the spirit! It would be like trying to write left-handed when I know I’m right-handed. Once in a while I use etc. Believe me, there are many, many, MANY more important things going on in this world. I’m confused about paragraphs. Don’t justify your paragraphs. When learning to use a typewriter we all were told to use 2 spaces. I design fonts at Outside the Line. One of my favorite memories from my days in the classroom revolves around the days when students were working at their desk and I was typing away at mine. Great article. What would be the reason for this? Within 50 years the Garalde style is introduced and at this point typefaces because less calligraphic and more mechanical. Let me give you some examples. So while I understand the point for proportional fonts, it isn’t true across the board for all of us. See below. Or two? In practice people may say it’s a matter of style and opinion, but most of these people are not typographers. Poo-poo is what an infant does in its diaper, while pooh-pooh is what you do to an idea you don’t like. and Opus the Penguin (of ‘Bloom County’ comics fame) would kinda disagree, as perhaps shown here: http://www.gocomics.com/bloom-county/2015/10/01. Period. Two spaces and you can like it or leave it. Years ago I started researching extensively and now it has become an obsession and I constantly see things which are absolutely wrong. Some people thought it was pretty funny. Less accomplished players are always in a hurry to sound the next note. They had to work with certain typographic restrictions which we don’t necessarily have in digital typography, and in most cases we don’t. But then I’m OLD. However, her article does align with what the typographic community thinks, which is that double spaces after periods are not recommended. People cannot sit in the car without the radio or some music or god forbid a video going on. We typographers find the use of double spaces to be horrendous. Thank you ???? Is there any? As a magazine editor, I love this article. – professional/wga-member, produced screenwriter and wannabe novelist. Please ignore this ‘new rule’ and do what makes sense to you. Thanks for adding fuel to the fire. Other readers also informed me that in the legal world, two spaces is still the norm. Please please make sure you limit this to proportional fonts. Using the double space when you are creating a document that will never have an online use never should have been changed to one space in the first place. With more high-tech typing devices like mobile phones and tablets, people are typing with their thumbs, typing while driving (bad idea) or typing so quickly to get a quick message out that quality suffers. Why? In both cases, I find myself continuing to the next sentence before “finishing” the first. I’d say Apple products are modern so why the discrepancy? I know I’m late to responding to this piece, but I just found you. The lines have become blurred between typesetting and just typing a manuscript so I guess you pays yr money ‘n takes yr choice! One finger space between words and two between sentences. ( Lets just say that 40 is a ways back and leave it at that.) If anything it creates extra strain on the mind. But the upside is that we are all lifelong learners and can adapt. But these articles are not reaching everyone, probably because for many of us who learned to type before computers, it was hammered into our heads over and over and OVER again to use two spaces. I still find the Thai script to be unusual though, as other Asian languages do seem to use spaces despite having icons which are the same height. This practice was justifiable because typewriters handled monospace typefaces which are very inconsistent in apparent spacing so adding double spaces after a period to emphasize the space wasn’t considered bad practice. I am retired and serve no authority so I am free to try to influence the common usage “rules”. Perhaps that was the ‘ girls School’ thing or something! It’s my mom. Unfortunately, you’ll be an unpublished artist as long as you ignore manuscript guidelines for manuscript submissions. I have lived thru both sides of the usage of commas in a series and am just as likely to use the “extra” comma as not. If so, I’ll Like your page there. I have to wonder if, as technology advances, we will reintroduce the 1,5 space. It takes a long time to change something that happens without conscious thought. This is not a rule of “new technology.” This is a rule of typesetting and has been such since movable type (which predates typewriters by about three centuries). One can always type “shift” then “.” if one is so moved. Proportional monospacing has made double spacing a thing of the past. I tend to believe that people who create these “new rules” do so because they screwed up the old ones. I don’t think I could bring myself to hit it only once. Now I’m single spacing. And it saves me from having to find the period on my small screen iPhone. This is to save the people you expect to assist you with your writing trouble. While I cannot speak for other people my age, I can say that I have long over a decade before I am 40 and I use two spaces after the end of a sentence. Ask your younger generation what a semi-colon is for. I think of a paragraph having multiple sentences, so how can you have double spacing for lines yet one spacing for sentences? Oh, and no space on either side of an em-dash, please, unless of course you’re typing on a typewriter. MLA and Chicago Manual of Style, as well as AP, use one space. Question – If a chapter begins with dialog, should you indent or not? I’ve noticed that most people who are unfamiliar with the change don’t notice the difference until it’s pointed out. Double-spacing just looks weird with proportional fonts. Wrong. “Once I realized – and truly understood – that all of these decisions are a matter of style and opinion, life became easier.” This one cracked me up. On top of that, it is really difficult to distinguish between a comma and a period in the font of the reply window so that extra space adds a degree of readability to the text. It’s ultimately not that important. (I’ll bet you hate ellipses, too. I am 68. My boss demands we use 1 space in all hard correspondence (yes, due to malpractice issues in this litigious society, we still keep hard files). Oh, and I’m sorry if there is an extra between any of my sentences in this post. But one rule from typing class has definitely expired, and if you’re over 40, it’s possible that no one has given you the message. any help regarding this matter? I just bought a typewriter for fun to write letters. Where does this leave us? The only exception I can think of is to divide the numbers in a date notation. Hi Russell! I think that I will probably continue my habit of double spacing…at least for now! When typing single spaced paragraphs that will be read in print, I use two because I’d like the reader to be able to follow it. What do you make of the iPhone and iPad shortcut to ending a sentence? She told me that it is an aesthetic value of clarity and has nothing to do with grammar. (That keeps my aging neurons fresh.) “Your post, and your follow up comments, state that the reason people incorrectly (in your view) use two spaces after a full stop is because they are old, ignorant, and stuck in their old ways. Thank you. (I just had to delete extra spaces in all that I have typed so far in this post! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I’m not sure why answering the phone with a common greeting like, “hello” is a problem, even with caller id. You sound like a great teacher! In fact, even something subtle such as letter combinations like AV, Ve, Vo and Wo not kerned correctly (that is to say, where one doesn’t compensate for the extra space in between these letter combinations) disrupts the reading experience, so I absolutely don’t see how the use of a double space doesn’t. The question is does line 2 go directly below line 1, would there be a space between line 1 and line 2, or would line 2 start on entirely new page because it’s the beginning of a chapter? All of the argument over one vs two spaces begs the term anal retentive. Thanks. After all, if writers and editors do not, who will? I see it more and more. I was sort of annoyed that my mom insisted I take a typing class in 1984, but it really was helpful (darn, she was right AGAIN!) all of them computerized. Nothing says under 40 like using the word “then” instead of “than”. The text for this novel starts here. Don’t mix it up from sentence to sentence.). I think I’m one of the few people who has mixed feelings about the Oxford comma. Tough being an old woman trying to get by in a young woman’s world. “Using one space after the period makes all of the sentence bleed together” Let me close by repeating one sentiment. You might enjoy this article: Farhad Manjoo: Space Invaders: Why you should never, ever use two spaces after a period. The reason we use two spaces is readability. Adding an extra space makes the division more obvious, but since two full spaces is too much you create an unnecessary pause which increases typographic awareness while good typography is invisible. A comma should go after “I’m almost positive that.” But I don’t care. You coped by typing a period, backspacing once, and typing an apostrophe. All these 2 space nut jobs have trouble reading books?! Can any one comment on this idea (or mishmash of ideas)? Besides, I submit that it DOES change meaning. Hi, Dax, I’ve completed writing a novel in Pages. When you have a new chapter, just start it on a new page. In other words, i have no idea how to format so many different forms of communication and i need help. You can’t do this. Not cool. I have to confess here that the double space can often be seen in this period, in France at least. I’m sorry but I have to disagree with you for a couple of reasons. This is for ease of reading and then editing, adjusting format for publish. After that, we were on our own. Not to mention its versus it’s. I thought that they were just dumb, but I am wondering now if the teleprompters use a single space after the period, and they are unable to see the end of the sentence in time to get their phrasing correct. If you compare those documents to a printed book or magazine, you’re likely to see a difference. These typefaces followed the conventions of chirographic texts. And I just read that post and I most definitely approve of the word punctuationally. Word underlines double word-spaces as errors because, yes, they are considered incorrect. I’m over 65, and I intend to continue this practice so long as I continue to read and write. I didn’t expect that, but now I can see that the snarky tone I used in the graphic earned me some snark in return. I agree, although I was a English and Business major, it was drilled into out heads two spaces after period at end of sentence. When you put a double space at the end of a line, the program automatically places a period in its appropriate spot and starts the next word with a capital. Ironically enough, I find it most problematic online when reading html (which strips out double spaces), only partially because I am often scanning quickly online. I prefer the look of two spaces. I absolutely enjoy hitting the space bar twice. I forgot to mention: Labor & Employment Group recently shared an HR Management perspective, in which one HR mngr. If you shouldn’t leave more than a double space between paragraphs, how do you show in the manuscript those changes in the story? I have worked at three design studios so far. The serifs keep your eye on the word much easier than the non-serif (like the font used in this blog). I did not learn this at school – I’m 27 (although we didn’t use computers at my school very often and I can honestly say I have no recollection of ever seeing a typewriter in real life)! Do you find that to be logical? I suppose if they thought adding spaces is desirable, it would have been standardized a long time ago. Notice the lack of your ever so precious second space. Adding half a space after the period would be preferable, but adding a full extra space is a nasty solution as it diminishes the reading experience. I am over 60 and I use 2 spaces because I use new technology. 2!” Enough said…. Like you, I consider typing class to have been one of the most valuable classes I ever took. Indeed you’re creating emphasis on the division between sentences, but that’s what the capital letter at the beginning of a sentence, the period at the end of a sentence and the space in between them are for. I am just starting to write my first novel (after vigorous outlining and planning) and this article helped so much in actually starting it. Of course, the difference between Shunn, McIntrye, and your article for formatting isn’t that great. If it’s so important to so many that we’re all single spacing in the new century, then why aren’t we using writing software that auto corrects double spacing? CKISNER1, can I start a sentence with “yet” or should it have followed a semi-colon? By the way, I see us as kindred spirits. Technology advances, but not all people grow with the time. If I was proofreading this sentence, I would have suggested removing the words that make me sound like an asshole. It’s always preferable to do it the right way though. The pattern is the word “PdfFileWriter” in white over light blue background. Click OK, OK. To remove you five spaces throughout your document, Click the Replace button on the Editing section of the Home Tab. all of them unforgiving. We typographers are the ones making the rules on typography. (I hate to admit it and I will deny it if anyone says I admitted it!) My thumb bounces twice on the space bar without any input from my brain. OK, so my usage of double spaces is showing my age (60 for who’s counting). I hope to formulate what I have learned here into a lesson I can share in a later post. Thanks for this information. Another interesting point. I find your irritation over an extra space irritating enough to point out that it is evidence the author is OLD. With the industrialization marketing became prominent and so there was a need for simpler but stronger typographic expression. Print your manuscript on a good quality printer, preferably a laser printer. Thesis/Dissertation Reader I strongly support the advocacy for single space after a period. If it’s for electronic reading, I use one. Oh the message is reaching us alright. How Well Do You Balance Teaching and Parenting? Reading some of these posts, two spaces has historically been the rule far longer than any recent one-space trend. Is there a way to fix this so that all paragraph titles line up? That quote was in reference to someone talking about what he observed in American books from that time period. You wrote: Line Spacing: Double-spaced. 5 Common Teaching Practices I'm Kicking to the Curb, 12 Ways to Support English Learners in the Mainstream Classroom, returned it to two in 2009 in the 6th Edition, http://theworldsgreatestbook.com/how-many-spaces-after-a-period/, http://www.manifestdensity.net/2011/01/14/everyone-has-a-right-to-their-beliefs/, http://dagblog.com/humor-satire/national-grammar-day-well-la-di-da-or-it-dah-16289, Frequently Misused/Misspelled Words and Phrases: and How to Use Them Correctly, https://www.facebook.com/MTChapman.Author, http://www.apastyle.org/manual/whats-new.aspx, http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/how-many-spaces-after-a-period, http://www.gocomics.com/bloom-county/2015/10/01. If justified text is typographically less good due to a greater variety in spacing, then at least on a very subtle level adding two spaces after periods will have a similar effect. It just seems right to me. I just wanted to note that my old co-workers are staunch defenders of the double space. But it is incorrect to say that this is due to proportional fonts and computers. When you are submitting your manuscript, you need to submit it in the format specified by the recipient. Lasod ~ Thank you for contributing this really interesting angle into the conversation. Actually, a period and one space visually denote the end of the sentence. I’m secure in my age and experience to know when I’m engaged in being an “old fart” or “cranky.” I’m not even annoyed by this. I have to fight with this new laptop my kids got me because it seems to do what it wants to do, especially with indentations and spacing. I do not like it, Diane I am, I do not like one space at the end. To use what actually aids in comprehension. Well, this is interesting, because ideally I think we should use 1,5 space after a period. No, you’re wrong there. Don’t place extra lines between your paragraphs. Now I suddenly feel a need to apologize for using your blog as my soap box. You might also say that we don’t “need” street signs to be designed differently because drivers are presumed to be able to read now (which they weren’t when the sign system were developed). While we’re at it, let’s put “conversate” in the dictionary because we over-40 people have to “get with the times.” Ugh! Remember, before you submit a manuscript to an agent or publisher, be sure to review their specific requirements. Mine is https://www.facebook.com/MTChapman.Author. Neuro-scientists might call this a spinal reflex. actually looked for double spaces in cover letters and resumes to weed out “older” candidates. So the period ending a sentence with an abbrev. And for the most part it is a bad habit. But I found this topic so interesting that I could not resist! Once upon a time, people had to abbreviate file names for documents to something like eight characters (I can’t recall exactly.) THANKS!! Besides the fact that my fingers (and thumb) automatically hit the space bar twice at the end of a sentence, my eyes welcome the extra space that signals my feeble brain that the end of a sentence is at hand. Typefaces like Baskerville were initially criticized for their severe contrast which diminished the reading experience. Part 1 a page, chapter 1 a new page–then resume as normal till Part 2 comes at the end of some chapter? Go back and look at your post. I’m almost positive that in both cases, the spacing is being held onto for the sake of tradition, and because someone with a lot of, ahem, seniority just thinks one space looks wrong. (See I do it too). One Space Is Old School Online Writing We simply need to apologize for the phone service create these “ new rules ” so... 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