About this lesson
Learn why you would want more space between the lines within paragraphs and how to apply the space.
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Line spacing is the white space between the lines of text in a paragraph and is adjustable depending on your particular document.
When to use
Generally, single spacing is used and would be the same spacing if typed on a typewriter. There is enough whitespace between the lines for the human eye to easily discern the text.
Double line spacing is used mostly in school environments where a teacher will edit or correct a term paper or essay. The double spacing allows room for the edit marks.
1.5 line spacing is for the same reason as double, or “2.0” spacing, but shrinks it just enough to allow more text per page.
- Click into a paragraph, or select the entire document with Ctrl A.
- Click on the Home Ribbon, Paragraph group, and the line spacing button.
- Select a line spacing measurement.
Hints & tips
- Ctrl 1 is Single space.
- Ctrl 5 is 1 ½ space.
- Ctrl 2 is Double Space.
- Ctrl A is “select all” and will highlight the entire document so you can change the line spacing all at once.
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