Change the spacing between lines or paragraphs

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Word

You can control the vertical space between the lines of text in your document by setting the line spacing, such as double space. Or, you can change the vertical space between paragraphs in your document by setting the spacing before or spacing after paragraphs.

Line and paragraph spacing

Callout 1 Line spacing

Callout 2 Spacing between paragraphs

Do any of the following:

Change the spacing between lines

  1. Select the text in which you want to change line spacing.

  2. On the Home tab, under Paragraph, click Line Spacing   Line Spacing button, and then click the line spacing that you want.

Change the spacing between paragraphs

  1. Select the paragraphs for which you want to change paragraph spacing.

    Note   Select the bulleted list that you want to format.

  2. On the Home tab, under Paragraph, click Line Spacing   Line Spacing button, and then click Line Spacing Options.

  3. Under Spacing, in the Before or After boxes, enter the paragraph spacing that you want.

Change the spacing between lines or paragraphs for all new documents

When you create a new document, Word uses the Normal template to determine the settings, such as the spacing between lines and between paragraphs. If you change the settings in this template, all new documents that you create will use the new settings.

  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. Double-click Normal.dotm.

    The Normal template opens.

  3. On the Home tab, under Paragraph, click Line Spacing   Line Spacing button, and then do any of the following:

To

Do this

Change the spacing between lines

Click the line spacing that you want.

Change the spacing between paragraphs

Click Line Spacing Options, and then under Spacing, in the Before or After boxes, enter the paragraph spacing that you want.

  1. Save and close the Normal template.

See also

Format a bulleted or numbered list

PowerPoint

You can control the vertical space between the lines of text in your document by setting the line spacing, such as double space. Or, you can change the vertical space between paragraphs in your document by setting the spacing before or spacing after paragraphs.

Line and paragraph spacing

Callout 1 Line spacing

Callout 2 Spacing between paragraphs

Do any of the following:

Change the spacing between lines

  1. Select the text in which you want to change line spacing.

  2. On the Home tab, under Paragraph, click Line Spacing   Line Spacing button, and then click the line spacing that you want.

Change the spacing between paragraphs

  1. Select the paragraphs for which you want to change paragraph spacing.

  2. On the Home tab, under Paragraph, click Line Spacing   Line Spacing button, and then click Line Spacing Options.

  3. Under Spacing, in the Before or After boxes, enter the paragraph spacing that you want.

See also

Format a bulleted or numbered list

Turn off automatic word spacing

Applies To: Word for Mac 2011



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