Adjust the line spacing between text or paragraphs

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You can change the spacing between the lines or the spacing before or after each paragraph.

ShowChange line spacing

  1. Select the text you want to change.
  2. On the Formatting toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), point to Line Spacing Button image, and then do one of the following:
    • To apply a new setting, click the arrow, and then select the number that you want.
    • To apply the most recently used setting, click the button.
    • To set more precise measurements, click the arrow, click More, and then select the options you want under Line Spacing.

 Note   If you select Exactly or At least for line spacing (line spacing: The amount of space from the bottom of one line of text to the bottom of the next line. Microsoft Word adjusts the line spacing to accommodate the largest font or the tallest graphic in that line.), enter the amount of space you want in the At box. If you select Multiple, enter the number of lines in the At box.

ShowChange spacing before or after paragraphs

  1. Select the paragraphs in which you want to change spacing.
  2. On the Format menu, click Paragraph, and then click the Indents and Spacing tab.
  3. Under Spacing, enter the spacing you want in the Before or After box.

Applies to:
Word 2003