Use these steps to double space in Google Docs.
- Open your Docs file from Google Drive.
Go to https://drive.google.com to view and open Docs files.
- Click the “Line spacing” button above the toolbar.
If you’ve already written the document then you will need to press “Ctrl + A” on your keyboard first to select the document content.
- Choose the “Double” option from the dropdown menu.
These steps are repeated below with pictures.
Formatting requirements can vary significantly depending on the situation involving the documents you are creating. Some requirements are meant to minimize the length of documents, some can dictate how to strike out text rather than removing it, while others are focused more on making the document readable.
One formatting option that can vary a lot is the preferred line spacing for documents. In Google Docs you may find that your documents have spacing of 1.15 lines. However, if your documents need to have double spacing, then you may be wondering how you can apply that setting to an entire existing document. Our guide below will show you how to make this change.
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- How to Double Space in Google Docs
- How to Use Double Spacing in an Existing Google Docs Document
- Double Space Google Docs – iOS App
- How to Double Space a Paragraph on Google Docs
- How to Change Spacing on Google Docs
- What Does Double Spaced Mean in Google Docs?
- Where is the Spacing in Google Docs?
How to Double Space in Google Docs
This article is going to show you a couple of different ways to double space a Google Docs document. The method in this first section is the easiest and fastest. The method in the section below is a little longer, but it’s easier to remember from a logical perspective if you have trouble remembering what the toolbar icons mean.
Step 1: Navigate to Google Drive and open the document that you wish to double space.
Step 2: Click the Line spacing button in the toolbar above the document.
Step 3: Select the Double option.
How to Use Double Spacing in an Existing Google Docs Document
The steps in this section were performed in the Web browser version of the Google Docs app. This guide will assume that you currently have a Google Docs document with the wrong spacing, and that you would like to switch the entire document to be double spaced.
Step 1: Open your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive and double-click the document to which you would like to apply double spacing.
Step 2: Click somewhere inside the document and press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select the entire document. Alternatively, if you only want to apply double spacing to part of the document, then select that part instead.
Step 3: Click the Format tab at the top of the window.
Step 4: Click the Line spacing option, then click the Double option. Your entire document should now be double spaced.
Double Space Google Docs – iOS App
The steps in the sections above involve double spacing in the desktop version of Google Docs, but won’t work if you are using the iOS app. The steps in the section below were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 12.1.4, using the most current version of the app available when this article was written.
Step 1: Open the Google Docs app.
Step 2: Open the document you wish to double space.
Step 3: Double-tap inside the document, then touch the Formatting button at the top of the screen.
Step 4: Select the Paragraph tab.
Step 5: Tap the ^ button to the right of the current Line spacing value until it reads 2.00.
You can then exit this menu by swiping down from the top of the menu.
How to Double Space a Paragraph on Google Docs
The steps in this section will address how to only apply double spacing to one paragraph in your document.
Step 1: Highlight the paragraph that you want to double space.
Step 2: Click the Line spacing button in the toolbar.
Step 3: Choose the Double option.
How to Change Spacing in Google Docs
The steps in this section will address how to change the existing spacing for all of or for part of your document.
Step 1: Highlight the part of the document for which you wish to change the spacing. You can select the entire document by pressing Ctrl + A on your keyboard.
Step 3: Click the Line spacing button in the toolbar, then select the spacing that you wish to apply to the selected section of your document.
What Does Double Spaced Mean in Google Docs?
When you have an assignment or a task that requires you to use double-spacing, you may be wondering what this means.
Double spaced means that there is a full blank line between two lines of text in a document.
The size of this line is typically dictated by the font size of the text surrounding the space. For example, the size of the spaces in a document that uses 12 pt text will be smaller than the spaces in a document that uses 24 pt text.
Where is the Spacing in Google Docs?
The line spacing options in Google Docs can be found in a couple of locations. The first, and simplest to use, is found by clicking the Line spacing button in the toolbar above the document body.
The other location where you can find line spacing in Google Docs is by clicking the Format tab at the top of the window, then selecting the Line spacing option.
Each of those locations will provide you with some common line spacing options, but there is also a Custom spacing option where you can set some additional spacing options as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you need to double space in Google Docs but aren’t familiar with the terminology, then you can select the “Double” option from the “Line spacing” menu. If you are on the Custom Line Spacing menu, then the numerical value would be 2.
Google Docs is double spacing because that is the current spacing setting for the document. You can change spacing by clicking the “Line spacing” button in the toolbar and selecting a new value.
To fix the spacing in Google Docs, you first need to select the document content to fix. You can choose the entire document quickly by pressing “Ctrl + A.”
Next you can click the “Line spacing” button and choose a value from there, or you can go to Format > Line spacing and choose an option from that menu.
Does your school or place of employment require you to submit your documents in the Microsoft Word file format, but you use Google Docs instead? Learn how to convert your Google Docs document to Microsoft Word and download a file that is in the right format for you to submit.
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