In this tutorial, you will learn how to double space in Word documents by following a few simple steps.

After reading through the steps, you can view the video tutorial for bonus tips.

About Word Document Spacing

What is double spacing?

When you double space your text, it creates more white space between each line of text. The double-spaced format makes the document easier to read. Typically, academic papers are double spaced using 12-pt Times New Roman font.

What does double spaced look like in Word docs?

Have a look at the graphic below to get a better idea of what double spaced looks like.

In Microsoft Word, you can space the lines of your document using the default settings. However, at times you may want to increase the space between each line. For example, there are settings for 1.15, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, and 3.0 spacing. Furthermore, customized spacing is available in the settings menu.

Keep reading to learn how to access the line-spacing menu.

How to Double Space in Word Documents

Tutorial: How to Double Space in Word Documents

To double space your document, open up the file in Microsoft Word and follow the steps below.

  • Select the lines of text that you want to double space.
  • Make sure that the HOME tab is selected at the top menu.
  • Click the small icon that has the lines and up/down arrows.
  • From the drop-down menu, select the 2.0 line setting.
  • Finally, see how the line space shifts to your liking.

Now, you can set your entire document to be double spaced using the same method. Also, if you want, you can select “Line Spacing Options…” from the same menu to customize the settings specifically.

Watch the YouTube video for further clarification on how to double space your Microsoft Word documents.

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