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How to change the line spacing in Microsoft Word

You may have heard of single or double line spacing, or even used them yourself.

Single line spacing is inserting one empty line between each line.

Double line spacing is inserting two empty lines between each line.

This method limits you to whole line spacings and also to the font size you are using, we’ve all tried to reduce or increase a line space by changing the font from font 12 to font 5 within the blank line….but it doesn’t need to be that difficult or manual.

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Microsoft has a line spacing functionality that gives you a few popular pre-set options to quickly select from – 1 line space, 1.5 line space, 2 line spaces and so on or the ability to create a custom line space through their advanced options. Making line spacing easy!

In this article, we will walk you through how to insert a line space using one of Microsofts pre-set options and how to customise the line space to something more specific.

Changing the line spacing in Microsoft Word

  1. Open Word
  2. Select the text you would like to change the line spacing within
  3. Found under the Home tab, click Line and Paragraph Spacing
  1. To customise the spacing, click Line Spacing Options…
  1. Under spacing, manually type the spacing you would like between each highlighted line
  1. Press OK

You have now successfully changed the line spacing within your Microsoft Word file.

Often we find the line spacing to be too large within a shared document, you can reduce the line spacing by following the steps above, selecting a new, smaller line space.

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