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In the previous chapter on alignment, I spoke about using the Balance Ragged Lines feature on body text, and we saw how it could give us a more even rag to our text, but I cautioned against using it too much. Because it can sometimes be a bit unpredictable, and you want to be in control of your text. But where I think the balance ragged lines feature really comes into its own is when you are working with some sort of title treatment or some head line or sub head, and you can incorporate it into a paragraph style definition.
So it does what it says on the ten, it's going to give you lines of close to equal length, and here's how you apply it if you're going to apply it locally, you come up to the Control panel menu, Balance Ragged Lines. Or if you want to incorporate it into a Paragraph Style definition you right-click on the style name Indents and Spacing, check Balance Ragged Lines, and that's what you will get. Now what you won't get always is lines broken the way that you might want them broken. InDesign is not going to know how to break your lines to increase the meaning of, or accentuate, or be sympathetic to, the meaning of the text.
So you may find there are times when you need to go in and add a soft return of forced line break as well. So perhaps, I might like to come and add a Shift+Return right there to change the way the lines are breaking. That's up to you don't give over control to the Balance Ragged Lines feature. It's good as far as it goes, but it's not always perfect.
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