How to Turn Off Double Spacing in Word 2013


Last updated: December 14, 2016

Line spacing is one of the biggest factors that contribute to the length of a document. If you are using double spacing by default, then any document you create can be almost twice the length that it would be if you were using single spacing instead.

If the copy of Microsoft Word 2013 on your computer is set to double space by default, then you can adjust this setting to use a different sized line spacing. Follow our short guide below to find out how you can change your default line spacing in Word 2013.

 

How to Get Rid of Default Double Spacing in Word 2013

This tutorial will assume that the default line spacing in your copy of Word 2013 is set to double spacing, and that you want to change it to single spacing.

If you simply want to change the spacing on an existing document, and do not want to change the default settings, then you can read this article. This can be a good option if your school or place of employment requires double-spacing, but you have a single document that you want to modify.

 

Step 1: Open Microsoft Word 2013.

 

Step 2: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.

click the home tab

 

 

Step 3: Click the small Paragraph Settings button at the bottom-right corner of the Paragraph section of the navigational ribbon.

how to turn off double spacing in word 2013

 

 

Step 4: Click the drop-down menu under Line spacing, then select the Single option. Note that you can select any other line spacing option that you prefer.

select the preferred line spacing

 

 

Step 5: Click the Set as Default button at the bottom of the window.

click the set as default button

 

 

Step 6: Click the button to the left of All documents based on the Normal template, then click the OK button.

choose to set it for all documents, then click OK

 

 

Any new document that you create in Word 2013 will now use the line spacing that you just selected.

 

Summary – How to change default line spacing in Word 2013

  1. Click the Home tab.
  2. Click the Paragraph Settings button in the Paragraph section of the ribbon.
  3. Click the drop-down menu under Line Spacing, then select the desired line spacing.
  4. Click the Set as Default button.
  5. Click the circle to the left of All documents based on the Normal template, then click OK.

 

If you have an existing document that is double-spaced, and you would like to change it to single spacing, then you can follow the steps in the section below instead.

 

How to Single Space in Word 2013

Step 1: Click anywhere inside the document, then press Ctrl + A to select the entire document.

select the entire document body

 

 

Step 2: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.

click the Home tab

 

 

Step 3: Click the Line and Paragraph Spacing button in the Paragraph section of the ribbon, then click the 1.0 option.

how to single space in word 2013

 

 

Summary – How to remove double spacing in an existing Word document and switch to single spacing

  1. Click inside the body of the document, then press Ctrl + A to select the whole document.
  2. Click the Home tab.
  3. Click the Line and Paragraph Spacing button, then click 1.0.

 

Would you like your new documents to save to a different location? Learn how to change the default Word 2013 save location and start saving your documents in the location of your choosing.

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