Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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WD 78
Word Chapter 2 Creating a Research Paper
Adjusting Line and Paragraph Spacing
Line spacing is the amount of vertical space between lines of text in a paragraph.
Paragraph spacing is the amount of space above and below a paragraph. By default, the
Normal style places 10 points of blank space after each paragraph and inserts a vertical
space equal to 1.15 lines between each line of text. It also automatically adjusts line height
to accommodate various font sizes and graphics.
The MLA documentation style requires that you double-space the entire research
paper. That is, the amount of vertical space between each line of text and above and
below paragraphs should be equal to one blank line. The next sets of steps adjust line
spacing and paragraph spacing according to the MLA documentation style.
Line Spacing
If the top of a set of
characters or a graphical
image is chopped off,
then line spacing may be
set to Exactly. To remedy
the problem, change
line spacing to 1.0, 1.15,
1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 or At
least (in the Paragraph
dialog box), all of which
accommodate the largest
font or image.
To Double-Space Text
To double-space the lines in the research paper, change the line spacing to 2.0. The following steps change
line spacing to double.
1
Click the Line spacing
button on the Home
tab to display the
Line spacing gallery
(Figure 2–2).
What do the numbers
in the Line spacing
gallery represent?
The default line
spacing is 1.15 lines.
The options 1.0, 2.0,
and 3.0 set line
spacing to single,
double, and triple,
respectively.
Similarly, the 1.5 and
2.5 options set line
spacing to 1.5 and
2.5 lines. All these
options adjust line
spacing automatically
to accommodate
the largest font or
graphic on a line.
Show/Hide ¶
button selected
Line spacing
button
Home tab
check mark
indicates current
line spacing
Line spacing gallery
displays list of line
spacing options
line spacing to be
changed to 2.0
displays a dialog box
with additional line
spacing options
insertion point
zoom percent
Figure 2–2
2
Click 2.0 in the Line
spacing gallery to change the line spacing to double at the location of the insertion point.
Can I change the line spacing of existing text?
Yes. Select the text fi rst and then change the line spacing as described in these steps.
Other Ways
1. Right-click paragraph, click
Paragraph on shortcut
menu, click Indents and
Spacing tab, click Line
spacing box arrow, click
Double, click OK button
2. Click Paragraph Dialog
Box Launcher, click Indents
and Spacing tab, click Line
spacing box arrow, click
Double, click OK button
3. Press CTRL + 2
 
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