In every version of MS Word that I’ve ever used, one’s choice of how to justify a paragraph (left, center, right, full) only affects the horizontal position of each word within a line. It has never affected which line a word would appear on.
In other words: If a paragraph is several lines long, the same words would appear on each line no matter how it is justified. If I want the paragraph to be fewer lines or more lines, I need to change something about the text (like adding some spaces or hyphenating a word) but simply changing the justification will not affect it. Each line gets however many words will fit, given the constraints of the font and margins etc., but justification has nothing to do with deciding which words will fit in a given space.
Until now. With Word 2016, I cannot trust the formatting. This is NOT to say that I don’t like the results that Word gives me, but rather that I am no longer in control of what happens. (I noticed something similar in other parts of Word 2016, but this case is easier to demonstrate.)
Trying to research this problem, I found this YouTube video which teaches how to use paragraph justification. Please note what happens at 2:26 on this video. The only thing the teacher did was to change the justification from Left to Full, but for some reason, this caused the word “San” to move from the beginning of line 3 to the end of line 2. A side-effect is that the extra space on line 3, which resulted from the loss of the word “San”, makes it possible for “modern-” to move up from line 4 to line 3; but that is totally logical and would have happened in previous versions of Word.
What I can’t figure out is this: Why is it that with left-justification, the second line did not have enough space for “San”, but with full justification there is enough space?
(Here’s why this problem is so important to me: I produce a publication where everything is full-justified, and I need to fit all the articles in a fixed amount of space. Often, an article is using too many lines, and here is one of my tricks for condensing it: I look for a paragraph that has only one word on its last line. Sometimes, there is a word in that paragraph which is at the beginning of a line, and if I hyphenate it, then the beginning of that word will go to the previous line, and lots of stuff will move upward (like “modern” in that video) and my paragraph will now be one line shorter than it was before. This procedure gets a lot easier if I temporarily make the paragraph left-justified, because that reveals which lines have less space between the words. But now, with Word 2016, I can’t trust anything because I don’t know how justification works any more.)
If anyone can explain what Word 2016 is doing, I’d really appreciate it. Bonus: If anyone knows of a place that shows these sort of changes between versions of Word, that would be great. The YouTube link above is a great example of something that claims to teach Word 2016, but is in reality relevant to ANY version of Word. What I want is a “Here’s what’s new!” tutorial.