How to Make Microsoft Word Single Spaced

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One widely varying element of document formatting is the desired spacing between lines. The default setting in Word is for single spacing, but edits made to a document or changes made by another user could alter that setting. Fortunately, it is possible to change a document to single spacing or revert the default spacing to single spacing.

Set Default Spacing

  • Launch Microsoft Word.

  • Click the "Home" tab at the top of the window.

  • Click the "Line and Paragraph Spacing" icon in the "Paragraph" section of the ribbon running horizontally across the top of the window.

  • Click "Line Spacing Options."

  • Click the drop-down menu under "Line spacing" in the "Spacing" section, and then choose "Single."

  • Click "Set as Default."

  • Click "All documents based on the Normal template," and then click "OK."

Change Document Spacing

  • Double-click your Microsoft Word document to open it in the Word program.

  • Press "Ctrl + A" to select the entire contents of the document.

  • Click the "Home" tab at the top of the window.

  • Click the "Line and Paragraph Spacing" icon in the "Paragraph" section of the ribbon at the top of the window.

  • Click "1.0" to change your document to single spacing.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can change line spacing for specific sections or paragraphs by highlighting that section and clicking the "Line and Paragraph Spacing" icon.

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