Microsoft Word includes a “Normal” template that has some default formatting options. It’s often necessary to change these options for a document, so you may need to learn how to double space in Word 2013.
There are a couple of options that can help to make a paper created in Microsoft Word 2013 easier to read, and one of those options in the amount of spacing between lines.
If you are creating your document for school or for your work, then it is very possible that the person reading it will also be reading many other papers at the same time.
Individuals in this situation will often develop preferences that make this task easier, and double spacing is something that can be very important to them.
You can configure your document with double-spacing with just a few simple mouse clicks in Word 2013. Follow our steps below to learn how.
How to Double Space in Word 2013
- Open your document in Word.
- Click Home.
- Click the Line and Paragraph Spacing button, then click 2.0.
Our article continues below with additional information on using double space in Word 2013, including pictures of these steps.
How Do You Double Space in Word 2013? (Guide with Pictures)
This article will assume that you have not already started typing the document. If the document already exists with single spacing, then you will need to select the entire document before you apply double spacing. You can do this by clicking anywhere inside the document, then pressing Ctrl + A on your keyboard.
Step 1: Open Word 2013.
Step 2: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the Line and Paragraph Spacing button in the Paragraph section of the ribbon, then click the 2.0 option.
Any text that you type into the document now will be with double spaced lines.
You can apply double spacing to an existing whole document by clicking anywhere inside the document, pressing Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select everything, then selecting the 2.0 option from the Paragraph and Line Spacing dropdown.
How to Double Space By Default in Microsoft Word
If you find that you are changing line spacing on every document that you create, then you might want a faster way to apply the double space setting.
Perhaps the easiest way to do this is by changing the default line spacing setting.
If you would like to use double spacing as the default for future new documents then you can click the small button at the bottom-right of the Paragraph section in the ribbon. You can then set the line spacing on that menu and click the Set as Default button.
Specifically these steps are:
- Select the Home tab.
- Click the Paragraph Settings button at the bottom-right of the Paragraph group in the ribbon..
- Choose the Line spacing drop down menu in the Paragraph dialog box and choose the Double option.
- Click the Set as Default button.
More Information on Line Spacing in a Microsoft Word Document
- Is 2.0 double spaced or is 1.5 double spaced? – You may be asking yourself this question when you are looking at the different line spacing settings on the line and paragraph spacing menu. If you need to double space your Word document then you will want to select the 2.0 option.
- Line spacing in Word will change for future content that you type into the document after you make the line spacing adjustment. However, if you need to change line spacing for existing content then you will need to select that content first before you double space or use one of the other line spacing options. For example, you could press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select the whole document, then choose the double space option.
- Some of the other line spacing options include 1.0, 1.15, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5 and 3.0.
- If you click the Layout tab at the top of the window (or Page Layout tab in some older versions of Microsoft Word) then you will see another Paragraph section with more spacing options. This lets you choose values for indent spacing, as well as the spacing that appears before and after your paragraphs.
Are you editing an existing document, or have you copied and pasted text from other locations? This type of information can often have odd formatting that can be difficult to remove. Learn how to clear all formatting in Word 2013 to make all of your text look the same.
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