In Writer, blank lines 'appear' at the bottom of some pages, and I can't write text in them

I’m fully updated in Libreoffice, and am writing original text with footnotes. Suddenly, the text body splits to reveal blank lines which I can’t write in or get rid of. An example, reconstructed as I can’t copy it:

With the limited number of tablets available to him in 1876, George Smith (176ff) asserted that He-abani (his reading of ‘Enkidu’) was half-man, half-

[fn] 68 The names in the verses above refer to gods…


bull, and was the entity with two horns often occurring on seal-stones and carvings …

I’m probably “styling” wrongly, but I can’t find a recent help article which is intelligible to a beginner like myself.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. David

Orphan and Widow control?

Dear LeroyG, Your suggestion brought to my notice the “Keep with next paragraph” option in the same section. This did the trick. Thanks very much.

Then something was wrong in your question: you showed a line break in the middle of “half-bull”. Unless you erroneously styled the paragraph with some Heading n and explicitly pressed Enter after the hyphen, this should not have happened.

I suggest you review your document styling to avoid other mishaps of this kind.

You will probably find what you need in the page style definition.

Since you are a beginner, you are likely using a single page style (not knowing what they can bring to you). Open the configuration with Format>Page Style. Go to the Footnote tab.

The spacing between the end of text and the separator line is set with Space to text in the Footnote Area section.

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Dear Ajlittoz, How kind of you to respond. The “space to text” is set to 0.1cm. I think that in manipulating the text in some unauthorized way, I have created these random blank sections. Thanks, David

This is the default value. It is customary to keep a rather large blank space between text and notes to make clear what is text and what is notes in addition to a smaller font size in notes. Don’t reduce too much this distance, it will give in a not-so-nice look to your document.

You have not “manipulated the text in some unauthorized way”. Even so, you can’t change inadvertently the spacing.

LeroyG provided a solution: in this “format-paragraph-options”, there is an option “keep with next paragraph”. This closed up the gap perfectly.