How to Set Microsoft Word to Double Space

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Although Word 2013 uses line spacing of 1.08 in an effort to make lines of text stand out clearly, you can further enhance the clarity of your document by increasing the default line space setting. Word 2013 lets you change the default setting to double-spaced lining on either your current document or on all future documents. Alternately, you can also limit the change of line spacing to any portion of text, leaving the rest of your document intact.

Full Document

  • Click the “Home” tab, then right-click “Normal” on the Styles group. On the context menu that shows up, click “Modify” to open the Modify Style pop-up box.

  • Click the double-spacing button -- the button with three stacked lines that has the largest width in-between -- under the Formatting section.

  • Select “Only in This Document” to apply double-space lining to the current document only, or select “New Documents Based on This Template” to apply the effect to any documents that you create in the future as well.

  • Click “OK” to close the Modify Styles pop-up box and save the changes.

Selected Text

  • Highlight the portion of text that you want double-spaced on your document.

  • Click the “Home” tab, then click the “Line and Paragraph Spacing” button on the Paragraph section.

  • Select the option labeled “2.0” on the context menu to apply double-spacing to the selected portion of text.

Tips & Warnings

  • To revert back to the default 1.08 line space setting, right-click “Normal” on the Styles group and select “Modify.” Click the “Format” button, then select “Paragraph” on the drop down menu. Select “Multiple” using the pull-down menu under "Line Spacing," then enter “1.08” into the box under "At." Click “OK” to save the changes.

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