Word: Change Default Line Spacing
Microsoft Word uses 1.15 line spacing by default. It also automatically adds 10 points of space after each paragraph (after a hard return).
To change the default line spacing, complete the following steps:
- Open a new blank document in Word.
- Click on the "Page Layout" tab > Locate the "Paragraph" group.
- Click the small arrow in the lower right of the "Paragraph" group > a "Paragraph" dialog box will open.
- Click the "Indents and Spacing" tab > Locate the "Spacing" section.
- Set the line spacing in the "Line spacing:" drop-down list to "Single" for single spacing.
- Set the spacing "Before:" and "After:" paragraphs as desired. (If you want no extra spacing between paragraphs, set the spacing at 0 points.)
- Click the [Set As Default] button > Select "All documents based on the Normal Template?" > Click [OK].
This is a machine-specific setting, so you will need to repeat these steps for any new computer that you log in to.
There have been a few cases on campus where the spacing defaults will not change permanently, and the line spacing has reverted to the system default of 1.15 when a new document is opened. Please submit an online computer service request if you experience this issue.
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