Microsoft Word gives you the option to allow automatic hyphenation. This evens out left-aligned paragraphs and minimizes the extra spaces between words in justified paragraphs.
Hyphenation splits words into syllables separated with a hyphen so the first portion of the word is on one line and the ending portion is at the beginning of the next. This results in a much straighter right margin— not as jagged.
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are some examples:
Non-hyphenated left-aligned paragraph:
Hyphenated left-aligned paragraph:
Notice the words ‘sidebar’ and ‘different’ to see how hyphenation occurs and makes them a better fit.
Non-hyphenated justified paragraph:
Hyphenated justified paragraph:
Notice how the justified paragraph has less added spaces between words on the line where hyphenation was added.
How To Turn Hyphenation On
Layout > Hyphenation > Automatic
Any words in the document will automatically hyphenate. To cease hyphenation, choose None and all hyphenation will be removed.
Microsoft Word can automatically hyphenate your document to give it a more professional look. All it takes are a couple of mouse clicks. I hope this new tool is useful for you.