Double-space the lines in a document

You can double-space all or part of a Word document.

Quickly double space your entire document using the Paragraph Spacing button on the Design tab.

  1. Click Design > Paragraph Spacing.

  2. Choose Double.

    Paragraph Spacing menu

This overrides the settings of the style set you’re currently using. If you decide later that you’d like to return to the original settings, click Design > Paragraph Spacing again and choose the option under Style Set. The option may be Default, as shown above, or it will show the name of style set you’re currently using.

Double space part of a document

To double space only part of a document:

  1. Select the paragraphs you want to change.

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

    Screenshot of the Home tab in Word, showing the Line and Paragraph Spacing menu.

  3. Choose 2.0.

Double-space the entire document

  1. On the Home tab, in the Styles group, right-click Normal, and then click Modify.

    Word Ribbon Image

  2. Under Formatting, click the Double Space button, and then click OK.

    Formatting for the entire document changes to double spacing.

Double-space the selected text

  1. Select the text that you want to change.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Line and Paragraph Spacing (Line Spacing in Word 2007) Button image .

  3. Click 2.0.

See also

Single-space the lines in a document

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