Some people have strong opinions about the amount of spacing that should occur after a sentence in a document, but Microsoft Word 2013 defaults to the assumption that one space is correct. This can be problematic if you need to have two spaces after a period in Word, however, as it is a very difficult thing to check for.
Luckily there is an option on the Word Grammar check menu where you can specify the number of spaces that should appear after a period. Then, when you run a Spelling & Grammar check, Word will alert you to occurrences where there is only a single space after a period. Our guide below will help you to make that adjustment.
How to Automatically Add Two Spaces After a Period in Word 2013
The steps in this guide are going to change a grammar setting in your Microsoft Word Options window so that Word 2013 will automatically include a single space after a period as a grammar mistake, allowing you to correct it. These steps are specifically for the Word 2013 version of the program.
Step 1: Open Word 2013.
Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left of the window.
Step 3: Click Options at the bottom of the left column.
Step 4: Click the Proofing tab at the left side of the Word Options window.
Step 5: Click the Settings button to the right of Writing Style.
Step 6: Click the drop-down menu to the right of Spaces required between sentences, then click the 2 option.
Step 7: Click the OK button at the bottom of the window.
Now when there is a single space after a period in your document, Word 2013 will automatically underline it as a mistake.
If you click the Spelling & Grammar checker on the Review tab, Word will give you the option of fixing this formatting issue by clicking the Change button in the Grammar column at the right side of the window.
if you are concerned about a different type of double spacing between your lines, then read this guide on how to double space in Word 2013. You can even double space your entire document if you have already written it with single spacing.
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