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asked 2013-12-23 08:26:57 +0200

Moringer gravatar image

updated 2020-07-22 08:35:24 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

I need to make two lines on the left and one line on the right, that occupy space between those two in the left (make one line between first two not an option - space is too large)


1st line
                                               line between 
2nd line

But I want to do it like this:

1st line 
2nd line

and line between to be, You know between does two

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close date 2016-02-18 13:26:37.671648


I don't understand. An example is probably required. Are you talking about two columns of text or a right-aligned line between two left aligned lines? A line by definition runs full width unless columns (e.g., a section) or some other limiting construct (e.g., frame) is used.

oweng gravatar imageoweng ( 2013-12-23 12:05:06 +0200 )edit

add an example

Moringer gravatar imageMoringer ( 2014-01-08 09:19:30 +0200 )edit

@Moringer - do you mean you want to enter the text in this order: (1) 1st line > (2) 2nd line > (3) between line. ?? It seems odd!

David gravatar imageDavid ( 2014-01-08 21:10:43 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-01-09 01:50:56 +0200

David gravatar image

updated 2014-01-09 01:57:38 +0200

I suppose if the issue is simply layout on the page, then a table might be the simplest solution:


In this example:

  1. The table is created as 2x2.
  2. but the cells in the right-hand column are merged (select cells > right-click > Cell > merge).
  3. after merge, set vertical-align to "middle" (right-click in cell > Cell > Center)

Should do it?

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Good alternative. I was part-guessing what the problem is, but I think this idea of registration / vertical alignment seem the most likely.

oweng gravatar imageoweng ( 2014-01-09 04:58:17 +0200 )edit

@oweng - OP's scenario/use-case still somewhat obscure to me (it would help to know context, too, as what appears above/below imposes constraints on possible solutions). Good to know there's more than one way to "skin the cat", though!

David gravatar imageDavid ( 2014-01-10 00:11:12 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-01-09 00:13:15 +0200

oweng gravatar image

Thanks for providing an example and trying to clarify your issue. If I am understanding you correctly, it appears you require text on the left to essentially be unaligned (in terms of the lines themselves) with text on the right. Keeping lines aligned is referred to as registration and in this case it will need to be turned off i.e., Format > Paragraph... > Indents & Spacing tab > Register-true section > ensure the Activate option is not selected. The same applies to any styles relating to the text at right.

While there is no elegant way to achieve unaligned adjacent lines it can be done using some basic adjustments. It is best to set a "Fixed" Line spacing that is a multiple of the point size of the text e.g., for 12pt text, perhaps set a line spacing of 16pt or 18pt. You could probably also achieve a similar effect using leading via the Spacing before paragraph option, although this is less elegant in my opinion. In this example:

Unaligned lines

... I have included thin red borders to more clearly show the lines. Each line of text is set in 24pt with a 36pt line spacing. I have inserted a leading carriage return in the Default Style (12pt) above the line of text at right. For smaller text (at right) you will need to manually calculate the required line spacing to achieve as desired result.

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