Unwanted spacing in Table of Contents

John Beattie jkb at jkbsc.co.uk
Sun Jan 24 09:56:18 UTC 2021

On 2021-01-23 19:58 -0500, Richard Kimberly Heck wrote:
> On 1/23/21 6:12 PM, Anthony Macks wrote:
> >Dear All,
> >
> >I have attached my LyX file and its pdf output.
> >
> >For some reason, the spacing between sections  and subsections in my table
> >of contents is very large.
> >
> >In fact, it appears that the items in the TOC are being distributed evenly
> >over the length of the page.
> You should use New Page rather than Page Break. The latter stretches the
> page, just as you are seeing; the former does not. See section 3.5.5 of the
> User Guide. I agree it is not very clear what the difference is from the
> menu or the display. If you have any ideas what would make it clearer,
> please let us know.
> Riki

Thank you for pointing out that very useful section of the guide.  I think I
have been using Page-Break and New-Page rather indiscriminately, usually to
avoid having a single line of a paragraph at the bottom of a page. Hence I
probably haven't noticed the spreading or if I did it was probably small in my

Re your request, I see that the equivalents for forcing line breaks have more
descriptive names.  I suggest that the thing to change is name of Page Break, so
as to include the 'break' part and also the 'spread' part.

Or, on writing that, it occurs to me that Ragged-Page-Break and
Justified-Page-Break might actually do the job?


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