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Using Microsoft Word 2010 by Mike Miller, Tim Huddleston

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5. Paragraph Formatting

Paragraphs are the true building blocks of any document. Clean, consistent paragraph formatting ultimately determines your document’s readability.

As you learned in Chapter 2, “Editing Documents,” (unless you haven’t read that chapter yet, which is fine), a paragraph is any amount of text followed by a paragraph return. A paragraph return (also called a hard return or a paragraph mark) is a special character that looks like this: ¶

Paragraphs are the real building blocks of any document; if you don’t divide your text into paragraphs, it will just be a bunch of lines. By organizing your text into paragraphs, you make your message more sensible and easier to navigate. Just like well-written paragraphs, well-designed paragraphs ...

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