Gets or sets the number of lines for widow/orphan control. Widow/orphan control avoids that a paragraph is started at the bottom of a page and that either, the majority of its lines, or only a few lines are displayed on the next page. This property's value determines how many lines must not be separated from the rest of the paragraph. For example, if this property is set to two, there must be at least three lines of the paragraph at the bottom of the previous page and at least three lines at the top of the next page. Otherwise, the complete paragraph is displayed on the next page. If this property is set to zero, widow/orphan control is disabled.

Introduced: 13.0.


public int WidowOrphanLines { get; set; }
Public Property WidowOrphanLines() As Integer


The property's value must be between 0 and 3.


The property's default value is 0.

The property returns its default value when the text selection contains multiple paragraphs with mixed setting. The Selection.IsCommonValueSelected method can be used to check for mixed attributes.