I hate it when the paragraph ends with one word on the the last line. It's just not right for it to hang there by itself like that. Is there a way to force the last line to have at least 2 words?

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    In my experience one generally has to "massage" the text, inserting a soft-return somewhere in the paragraph causing the text to warp just slightly different. Maybe there's an automated method (other than adjusting the document hyphenation) I'm clueless about.
    – Scott
    May 4 at 17:59
  • I agree with Scott. This seems like something that has to manually be changed. When I design something, I have a general idea of how large text is going to be. I make small adjustments to the text to align the text to how I see best fit. Small changes can be made by increasing.decreasing fractions of a font pt, use tracking or soft return.
    – AndrewH
    May 4 at 19:01

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I believe single words on the last line of a paragraph are called orphans, and there's no specific setting to avoid these. You have 2 options:

  1. manually adjust where each line ends, so you can control where the last line ends
  2. turn on the Balance Ragged Lines feature via the Paragraph panel flyout menu, which will optically adjust the entire paragraph, so that all the lines become more ... well, balanced in length, and this in most cases results in orphans getting resolved

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  • ah, this solution seems reasonable.
    – user5248
    May 4 at 21:50

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