Please be gentle with me and do not be afraid to explain things to me in an embarrassingly simple manner!
So, my problem is that I am trying to proof and edit a magazine for print. When I happen across widows, orphans, lines not all snapping to the baseline etc, I am doing what I have previously been taught... to 'soft return'. I thought this would be the best way to tidy up the ragged rights I'm having in my text as well as eliminating all those pesky single words, but whenever I do a SR, the whole page of text scrunches up and messes with the rest of the formatting. It all literally springs up, moving away from the bottom of the text box.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Any would be super appreciated.
Soft returns are not a very good way to handle this especially with the paragraph composer.
Instead use a no break attribute to keep certainly words together.
I prefer a non-breaking space, when possible.
The "springing up" sounds like either the text frame is set to auto-fit expanding upward, or the text is bottom aligned in the frame, but hard to tell, and the paragraph composer may be muddying the issue.
Also, y9ou can control true widows and orphans -- single lines at the top or bottom of a column -- as opposed to short last lines, but using Keep Options in the paragraph style to require a specified number of lines.