How to Double Space on Google Docs – Desktop and iOS

Last updated: June 6, 2019

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

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.

click the line spacing button

Step 3: Select the Double option.

easy way to double space in google docs

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.

select the whole document

Step 3: Click the Format tab at the top of the window.

click the format tab

Step 4: Click the Line spacing option, then click the Double option. Your entire document should now be double spaced.

how to double space in google docs

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.

ios google docs app open formatting menu

Step 4: Select the Paragraph tab.

google docs ios app paragraph settings

Step 5: Tap the ^ button to the right of the current Line spacing value until it reads 2.00.

how to double space in the google docs ios app

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.

select the paragraph to double space

Step 2: Click the Line spacing button in the toolbar.

click line spacing in the toolbar

Step 3: Choose the Double option.

how to double space a paragrpah in google docs

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.

how to change spacing in google docs

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.

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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