I'm writing specifications using Word documents with a general style like this:
# Heading 1 intro paragraph * bullet1 * bullet2 * bullet3 # Heading 2 intro paragraph * bullet1 * bullet2 # Heading 3 intro paragraph * bullet1 * bullet2 * bullet3 * bullet4 * bullet5
I want each heading, intro paragraph, and associated bullets to stay together whenever possible. As such, I have styles for each with the Paragraph option "Keep with Next" checked. However, this results in everything sticking together too tightly.
To fix it I currently go to the last bullet in each list and change its style to one that does not have "Keep with Next" checked. For example, the bullets have a style "ReqBullet" and I create another style "LastReqBullet" that inherits from "ReqBullet", but which has "Keep with Next" turned off.
(I could alternatively override the setting on each bullet, but doing it via a style makes it easier to apply, and also easier to see where it is set.)
Using manual style application is slightly cumbersome, and error-prone. If I add a new item to the end, I have to swap styles. Often I will forget to apply the style until I realize that the formatting is wonky.
Is there a way hidden in the bowels of the Style settings to say either:
- Keep this paragraph with the next but only if it's the same style, or
- I don't care what the previous paragraph told you, do NOT keep me with it (which I could apply to the headings)