The Balance Ragged Lines option is not one of those exciting features in InDesign that people often talk about, but it is one you shouldn’t ignore. This option ensures that ragged text is balanced and more visually appealing. If your document contains multiple headlines, pullquotes, and other display text, this type of automation could save you a lot of time. Of course there might be places where you’ll want to manually break a paragraph at a different point, but overall, it does a pretty good job.

For those of you who are repurposing content there is another good reason to consider using this option. Think about all the forced line break characters you won’t have to strip out of your alternate layouts or your text exports!

To use the Balance Ragged Lines option, just click in the paragraph you want to balance and from the Paragraph panel or Control panel, choose Balance Ragged Lines from the menu. Better yet, build it into your paragraph styles!

Note: This feature takes effect only when the Adobe Paragraph Composer is selected.

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Posted by: Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy has worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years supporting publishing operations of various sizes. In her role as Technical Product Manager for Technology for Publishing, she shares her publishing application expertise supporting a broad range of publishing clients in InDesign best practices, cross-platform content workflows, and InDesign Template strategies. Her weekly tip and blog posts have a committed following in the InDesign community, and as a long-time participant in the InDesign pre-release community, she regularly analyzes and provides feedback for upcoming features. Monica manages the authoring and publication of Technology for Publishing’s handbooks on InDesign, InCopy, and other associated titles.