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Using Widows and Line Breaks

Using Widows and Line Breaks
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A widow is a term used to describe a lone word at the end of a paragraph or headline. These lone words occur when the last word in a line of text wraps on to a new line due to a lack of available width. It’s more visually pleasing to have at least two words on a line and these widows are often seen as undesirable. An agency that I used to work at was so pedantic about them that I’ve become slightly OCD about ensuring they are nowhere to be seen – not so much in paragraphs of text but certainly in headings as far as possible. Here are some tips for removing widows and working with line breaks.
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