Change the default line spacing in Word for Mac

The default line spacing in Word is 1.15. By default, paragraphs are followed by a blank line and headings have a space above them. Here’s how to change the default settings.

  1. On the Home tab, click Line and Paragraph Spacing.

    On the Home tab, Line Spacing is hightlighted

  2. Click Line Spacing Options at the bottom of the menu, and then select the options you want in the Paragraph dialog box under Spacing.

    In the Paragraph dialog box, the Spacing section is highlighted

  3. If you want to change the spacing before or after the selected paragraphs, click the arrow next to Before or After and enter the amount of space that you want.

You can change the default setting for spacing after paragraphs in the Normal template.

  1. On the File menu, click Open, and then double-click /Users/ username/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/User Templates/Normal.dotm.

    Tip: If you are using Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), the Library folder is hidden by default. To browse to the Library folder from the Open dialog box, press COMMAND + SHIFT + G, and in the Go to folder box, type ~/Library.

  2. On the Format menu, click Paragraph.

  3. On the Indents and Spacing tab, under Spacing, enter the number you want in the After box.

  4. Click OK.

  5. Click Save.

  6. Close the template.

    Note: The formatting used in new documents is based on settings that are defined in a template. Unless you specify a different template, the settings that are used for new documents are based on the Normal template.

See also

Change the default settings for new documents

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