Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Figure 11-3: Spacing in and around a paragraph.
Setting the line spacing
Changing the line spacing inserts extra space between all lines of text in a paragraph. Because Word
adds the space below each line of text in the paragraph, the last line in the paragraph will also have a
little extra space after it.
The Line Spacing command button is found in the Home tab’s Paragraph group. Click this
button to view a menu listing common line-spacing values. Choose a new line-spacing value from
the menu to change the line spacing for the current paragraph or all paragraphs selected as a block.
Word sets line spacing at 1.08 as its standard, or default. Supposedly, that extra .08 lines of text
makes text more readable than using single spacing, or 1.0.
To double-space your text, choose the value 2.0 from the Line Spacing command button menu.
This setting formats the paragraph with one blank line below each line of text. To triple-space,
choose the value 3.0, which makes one line of text appear with two blank lines below it.
Ah! The keyboard shortcuts:
• To single-space, press Ctrl+1.
• To double-space, press Ctrl+2.
• To use 1 1 ⁄ 2 -space lines, press Ctrl+5.
Yes, Ctrl+5 applies 1 1 ⁄ 2 -line spacing, not 5-line spacing. Use the 5 key in the typewriter area of
the computer keyboard. Pressing the 5 key on the numeric keypad activates the Select All
There’s no such thing as having no line spacing. If you want to “remove” fancy line spacing,
select some text and press Ctrl+1 for single spacing.