[Solved] Paragraph formatting: Tighten line spacing

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[Solved] Paragraph formatting: Tighten line spacing

Postby Jeff Root » Sun May 02, 2021 4:09 pm

In this sample, the line in the middle has paragraph format
spacing above paragraph of 0.10 inch, to make it visually
equal to the spacing below it. I want to reduce the line
spacing so that all three lines are closer together, but
the spacing between the second and third is already zero
for both of them, and will not go negative.

How can I squish them together?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis
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Re: Paragraph formatting: Tighten line spacing

Postby FJCC » Sun May 02, 2021 5:29 pm

I could not find a way to squeeze the text together any more with paragraph settings, though someone more familiar with Writer than me may know a way. I put each paragraph into a Frame by selecting the individual paragraph and selecting the menu Insert -> Frame. I could then adjust the frame settings to move the text closer vertically. The attached document has your original text on the first page and my version on the second page. The border around the frames does not print. You can compare the two pages using File -> Page Preview with settings to display the pages side by side.
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Re: Paragraph formatting: Tighten line spacing

Postby RoryOF » Sun May 02, 2021 5:47 pm

You could try setting the paragraph styles used spacing (Indents and Spacing tab) to "Proportional" and 80% or 90% (not tested).
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Re: Paragraph formatting: Tighten line spacing

Postby JeJe » Sun May 02, 2021 6:04 pm

If you change the paragraph marks to line feeds (shift+Enter, turn on view non-printing characters to see them) you can tighten the lines with the paragraph settings. You can also add spaces by inserting a line with a short height. I've done both of those in the attached.
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Re: Paragraph formatting: Tighten line spacing

Postby MrProgrammer » Sun May 02, 2021 6:28 pm

Jeff Root wrote: I want to reduce the line spacing so that all three lines are closer together, but the spacing between the second and third is already zero for both of them, and will not go negative. How can I squish them together?
I think the problem is that with multiple paragraphs you can't place the lines closer than the character's text boxes allow. I have highlighted the bottom paragraph to show the text boxes. Format → Paragraph → Indents and Spacing → Line Spacing → Proportional must be used with caution to prevent cropping the tops or bottoms or characters.
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However, you can use frames to give you more control. Put each paragraph in its own frame. For each frame use:
• Type = Anchor to page, Height autosize off, Horizontal position from left entire page, Vertical position from top entire page
• Wrap = Through, Spacing 0
Select the middle frame and use Format Arrange Bring to Front. Select the upper frame and use Format Arrange Bring to Front. This puts the upper frame on top, the middle frame behind it, and the lower frame behind both of the others. Now you can select the frames and adjust their size and positioning to place the lines more closely. As you adjust the height, the text box prevents cropping space at the top of the characters, but a smaller height will crop excess space off the bottom. Preventing display of excess space at the top of the frame is achieved by having it behind the frame above. When you get the spacing as desired, select each frame and turn off the frame border. It is inconvenient to adjust unbordered frames.
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Re: Paragraph formatting: Tighten line spacing

Postby Jeff Root » Sun May 02, 2021 6:51 pm

That's a little bit tricky-- It took me a minute to see what you
did and why you did it, but I think I have it. Thank you!

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Re: Paragraph formatting: Tighten line spacing

Postby Jeff Root » Sun May 02, 2021 7:10 pm

Oh, of course! I think I can use either "proportional" or "fixed" line spacing.
I figured that out in my previous project last year, but I didn't use it enough
times to remember how I did it or even *that* I did it.

Thank you thank you thank you!

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