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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Double Space In Microsoft Word

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Option 1: Configure Document to Automatically Double Space

If you want to configure your document to automatically double space as you write, there are two ways to do it.

The first method uses the “Line Spacing” icon under the “Home” tab. In the “Home” tab, navigate to the “Line Spacing” icon.

Select “2.0” from the drop-down menu. Your text will now be double spaced. You can do this to quickly double spacing at any point in the writing process, but it works best for setting up the document.

Select "2" from the drop down menu

You can accomplish the same goal using the Design tab. Start by clicking the “Design” tab in the ribbon.

Navigate to the "Design" tab located in the ribbon

In the “Design” tab, navigate over to the “Paragraph Spacing” option. Select it to bring up a menu.

In the "Design" tab, navigate over to the "Paragraph Spacing" option.

In the drop-down menu, select “Double:”

Within the drop down menu, select the "Double" option

And that’s it! Your document will now automatically set each line to double spaced as you write:

A document now double spaced.

Option 2: Double Space With a Keyboard Shortcut

Another easy way to double space your documents is to use our old friend, the please note this method works as both a way to configure the document before writing and to double space while writing.

To double space with a keyboard shortcut, first highlight your desired text, or select everything using the Ctrl+A command.

Select the text you want to double-space with the cursor or select the entire document using "Ctrl + A"

With the desired text selected, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+2 to quickly apply double space formatting to your text.

Option 3: Double-Space by Editing the Text Properties

A third method for double spacing your text is to edit the paragraph settings of specific passages. First, highlight the text you want or use Ctrl+A to select all:

Use the keyboard command "CTRL+A" or the mouse to highlight the text you want to double space

Right-click your mouse to bring up a menu and select “Paragraph:

Right click on the selected text to bring up the options menu and click the "Paragraph" option

In the “Paragraph” menu, select the drop-down menu located beneath “Line Spacing:”

In the "Paragraph" menu, select the drop down menu labelled "line spacing."

Select “Double” and click “OK:”

Select "Double" from the options list and click "OK"

Using these methods to quickly double space text in Microsoft Word will help you get past those formatting roadblocks with ease. Happy writing!

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