keep with previous
Add a "keep with previous" paragraph setting. This would be useful especially for figure captions to ensure that the figure and caption remain together. It is clumsy to set all figures to 'keep with next' as figure/diagrams differ and it is not always appropriate.
With a 'keep with previous' paragraph style, once applied to the caption style for figures, it would involve less manual formatting.
Sometimes I want Keep with Next and sometimes Keep with Previous. Both have their uses. For instance, I know that I always want my main headings and the following paragraph to keep together, so Keep with Next works well here. But in other instances, including the first line of a signature block, Keep with Previous would be more flexible.
I’m sick of having paragraphs of text in Microsoft Word that won’t stick together as I would like. MS Word’s answer is to have a paragraph property that says “Keep with next“. Now this is pretty stupid, because when you write a section of text, you want all the paragraphs EXCEPT THE LAST ONE to stick on the same page.
A far more useful property would be “Keep with previous” – then I would set my styles so that most styles except headings had the “Keep with previous” attribute, and page breaks would miraculously appear so that each new page would start with a heading of some sort most of the time.
As it is now, I have “Keep with next” set for many of my styles, especially list-type styles, and I am continually having to go to the last item in the list and turn off the “Keep with next” attribute so huge chunks of text don’t suddenly jump to the next page. Then of course, if you have to add something to the list, you have to go through the whole process again.
As a technical writer/editor, there are many applications where we could really use a Keep With Previous option. One such application is what we call a roll down. This is a paragraph (usually a single line) that calls out a legal/contractual requirement associated to the step above it. And since it is important, we don't want the step and roll down to be separated by a page. The roll downs are also Right justified and Bold font. I can't tell you how many times other people forget to add the Keep with Next to the previous step to ensure they stay together. Please, add a Keep with Previous option.