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How to double-space in Microsoft Word

Perhaps it's time to give your words a little space.
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January 4, 2023

Double-spacing text allows you to create white space on a page. It makes everything you write more legible and easier to read. If you’re double-spacing a school paper, double-spaced lines give the professor room to add notes and corrections. Let’s go over how to double-space in Microsoft Word.

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To double-space in Word, select the text you want to double-space. Click Line and Paragraph Spacing > 2.0.


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How to double-space in Microsoft Word

Altering the line and paragraph spacing in Microsoft Word is simple. If you haven’t started working on your document and know that you want to double-space everything, you can set your line spacing before you begin writing. Additionally, if you’ve already written in the document, you can highlight whichever sections you want to double-space.

From the Home tab in Microsoft Word, click the Line and Paragraph Spacing button in the Paragraph section.

click paragraph spacing button word
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Here, you can change the spacing of the document or whatever you have selected. Click 2.0 to double-space.

select 2 0 for spacing
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How to double-space a paragraph in Microsoft Word

In your Word document, click the Design tab at the top.

go to design word
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Select Paragraph Spacing within the Document Formatting section.

select paragraph spacing word
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From the Built-In options, choose Double.

select double for paragraph spacing word
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How to double-space in Microsoft Word 2007-2010

Double-spacing in the older versions of Word works the same way as in the latest version.

  1. Click the Home tab.
  2. Select the text you want to double-space.
  3. Click the Line Spacing button in the Paragraph section.
  4. Click 2.0 from the subsequent dropdown menu.

How to double-space a paragraph in Microsoft Word 2007-2010

Formatting paragraphs for double-spacing does work a little bit differently for older versions.

  1. Click the Home tab.
  2. Click Change Styles.
  3. Select Paragraph Spacing.
  4. Choose Double.