• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Part 2. Using Word > Task 11 How to Set the Line Spacing

Task 11 How to Set the Line Spacing

Line spacing is the amount of space between lines within a paragraph. By default, Word starts each new document with single spacing, which provides just enough space between lines so that letters don't overlap. You might want to switch to double-spacing for rough drafts of documents so that you have extra room to write in edits by hand. Or try one-and-a-half spacing, which makes text easier to read by separating lines with an extra half-line of blank space. You can also control the amount of space between paragraphs. For example, documents with an extra half-line of space between paragraphs are easier to read, and you won't have to press Enter twice to end a paragraph and insert an extra blank line between paragraphs.

  1. Select the Paragraph

    To change the line spacing of only one paragraph, click anywhere in the paragraph. To change the line spacing of several paragraphs, select them first. To change the line spacing for the entire document, press Ctrl+A to select the entire document.



  2. Use the Line Spacing Button

    Click the Line Spacing drop-down button on the Formatting toolbar and choose a line spacing value from the list.



  3. Open the Paragraph Dialog Box

    Another way to set line spacing is using the Paragraph dialog box. You can display the dialog box by clicking More on the Line Spacing drop-down list or by choosing Format, Paragraph.



  4. Choose a Line Spacing

    At the top of the Paragraph dialog box, click the Indents and Spacing tab if it isn't already in front. Then click the drop-down arrow on the Line spacing list box. Select a line spacing: Single, 1.5 lines, or Double.



  5. Change Paragraph Spacing

    To change the spacing between paragraphs for the selected text, designate a new setting in the Before and After boxes under Spacing. Use the spin arrows to set paragraph spacing in points, or type in a value. The Before box sets spacing at the top of the paragraph; the After box sets spacing at the bottom of the paragraph. Click OK to close the dialog box.



  6. Apply Line Spacing

    Any changes you made in the Paragraph dialog box are applied to the selected text.




PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint