How to Double Space in Microsoft Word

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The difference between a so-so Microsoft Word document and a polished one is all in the formatting. Adding white space to a document makes it easier to read, edit, and take notes on a hard copy. Here's how to double space your Microsoft Word document and get some extra space between all those words.

The instructions in this article apply to all versions of Microsoft Word from 2007 and later.

Double Space a Whole Document in Microsoft Word

  1. Go to the Design Ribbon.

  2. Select Paragraph Spacing.

  3. Choose Double.

    The Double Space option in Microsoft Word
  4. For the 2007 and 2010 versions of Word this process differs slightly. In the Home tab go to the Styles group and right-click Normal. Then click Modify to open the Formatting window, then you can select Double Space and click OK.

This process will double space your entire document. You'll also notice a variety of other spacing options are available; if double spacing is more white space than you're looking for, you can also choose to set your spacing at 1.15 or 1.5 lines, or even create custom spacing that meets your specific needs.

Editing your document spacing at this level will preserve your text format types throughout the document, which is especially important when working with a large document.

Double Space a Selection in a Word Document

To change the spacing for a subset of a document, follow this process instead:

  1. Highlight the text that you want to double space. One option to access the Paragraph menu from here:

    Right-click and in the menu that appears click Paragraph.

    Double space a section of text in Microsoft Word
  2. Another option in the Home Ribbon is to click on the Line Spacing icon and select 2.0 from the spacing options for double spacing.

    Double Spacing a selection of text in a word document
  3. To double space a selection in Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 you follow a similar process. Select the text that you want to double space, go to the Home tab, and find the Line and Paragraph Spacing selection within the Paragraph group. In Word 2007 this is simply called Line Spacing.

    Select 2.0 for double spacing.