How to Double-Space An Existing Document in Word 2010

Your school or place of employment may have specific formatting that it wants you to use when you create a document. One of the settings that is specified in these requirements often involves the amount of line spacing that you use. It is common for students to increase line spacing to artificially increase the length of a document, but going from single spacing to double spacing can help to ease eye strain for the reader.

Fortunately Microsoft realizes that line spacing is an element of a document that needs to be adjusted, and the method for changing this setting is easily accessible in Word 2010. The tutorial below will show you how to quickly select all of the content in your document, then modify that content so that all of the lines are double-spaced.


Change a Document to Double Spacing in Word 2010

The steps in this article will assume that you have already typed your document, but that the document is not double-spaced. If you find that there is simply too much incorrect formatting throughout your document, then you may want to consider clearing all of the formatting. This can be especially helpful when you have copied and pasted information from various websites into your document.


Step 1: Open your document in Word 2010.


Step 2: Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all of the content in the document.

select the entire document



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

click the home tab



Step 4: Click the Line and Paragraph Spacing button in the Paragraph section of the Office ribbon, then click the 2.0 option.


select the 2.0 line spacing



All of the lines in your document should now be using the 2.0 line spacing. Be sure to save your document after changing this option. If you wish to adjust the default Word 2010 settings so that all of your new documents use double spacing, then read this article. newsletter

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