How to Automatically Double Space in Microsoft Word

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By default, Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010 sets paragraph spacing at 1.15, which means that there's slightly more than single-spacing between lines. If you need double-spacing, you can select that formatting option for your document. However, if you always use double-spacing, it's not necessary to do the additional action every time you open Word. Instead, you can change the default selection in Microsoft Word to automatically use double-spacing.

  • Open Microsoft Word.

  • Click the tiny arrow at the bottom of the "Paragraph" group of the "Home" tab. This opens the "Paragraph" dialog window.

  • Click the drop-down menu under "Line spacing" in the "Spacing" section and select "Double."

  • Enter "0" in the field labeled "After" in the "Spacing" section, if you do not want additional space between paragraphs.

  • Click "Default..." at the bottom of the window and click "Yes" in the confirmation window. Your new Word documents automatically double space from here on out.

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