by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 14, 2016)
When you "full justify" text, that means that Word stretches each line so that the text starts and ends at each margin. Those who have used WordPerfect know that full justification is handled differently in WordPerfect than it is in Word. The Word method of justifying text has traditionally been to add spaces between words to stretch a line, whereas WordPerfect's method was to add or narrow the spacing between letters throughout the whole line. This means that WordPerfect's method provides a better looking printed page, without spacing gaps that could appear as a result of Word's method.
The good news is that you can get better-looking text by modifying the way that Word does justification to match the method used in WordPerfect. Follow these steps if you are using Word 2007 or Word 2010:
Figure 1. The expanded Layout Options.
If you are using Word 2013 you are out of luck, as most of the layout options have been entirely removed from the program. If you are working with a document created in an earlier version of Word you can still find the options and modify them, but not if you are working with a native Word 2013 document. This means that you may be able to "fudge" a workaround by creating a Word 97-2003 document in Word 2013, modifying the setting, and then resaving the document in Word 2007-2013 format.
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