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Achieving 250 Words / 25 Lines Per Page
By Deanna Lilly
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Find the little box that says LINE SPACING and click on the down arrow. Then, click on EXACTLY and in the little box to the right change the 12pt to 24pt (you can double click on the number or drag select it or simply delete the number part. If you remove part of the “pt”–remove all of it), then type in the number 24. When you press enter or click on OK the “pt” will return. (Note: this number could vary depending on your printer’s internal setups.)
SOLUTION – WordPerfect: Click on FORMAT in the menu bar, trace over and down to LINE then click on SPACING and change the 1.0 to 1.86 and that will guarantee you exactly 25 lines per page.
For a quick and easy solution to the problem of counting lines, turn your line numbering on until you are ready to do the final print of the manuscript to send to the editor. (Turning off line numbering–you follow the same steps and remove the check mark, or deselect the option.)
SOLUTION – MSWord: Click FILE in the menu bar, trace down and click PAGE SETUP. In the dialog box, click on the LAYOUT TAB then click on the LINE NUMBER button in the lower left corner. In the next dialog box place a check, or click, in the ADD LINE NUMBER box. The default is to number the lines on each page from 1-25 (or more if your setups are off). You can change that option to sequentially number every line but it makes tracking on the page a little harder.
SOLUTION – WordPerfect: Click FORMAT in the menu bar, trace to and select LINE, then trace over and select LINE NUMBERING. In the dialog box select TURN LINE NUMBERING ON. You may want to adjust the position of the line number so that it is closer to the paragraph margin–the options is located in the center of the dialog box (POSITION FROM LEFT EDGE OF PAGE). Use the up arrow to reduce the distance from the margin edge.
Windows and Orphans
There is one more trick you want to make sure and do to insure you get 25 lines per page. You MUST turn off the widows and orphans lines. Widows and Orphans cause the paragraph to automatically move at least two lines to the next page to prevent a single line ending a paragraph on a page. Editors are not concerned about the single line; they want the 25 lines per page regardless of an orphan line.
SOLUTION – MSWord: Click FORMAT in the menu bar, trace down and click on PARAGRAPH. This time in the dialog box you...