How do I double space in Microsoft Word?

The steps to enable or disable double spacing in Microsoft Word differ slightly between versions. Consequently, you may need to use some intuition to adapt them for older versions.

Enable double spacing for the whole document

Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Styles group, right-click Normal.
  3. Select Modify from the dropdown menu.
  4. Double space button iconUnder Formatting, click the Double Space button (shown to the right).
  5. Click OK.

or

  1. Microsoft Word SpacingOpen Microsoft Word.
  2. Click the Page Layout tab.
  3. Click the down arrow in the bottom right corner next to Paragraph to bring up the Paragraph window.
  4. In the Paragraph window, make sure you are under the Indents and Spacing tab.

    Microsoft Word doule space

  5. Click the down arrow next to the Line spacing box.
  6. Select Double and click the OK button.

Modify all or part of an existing document

Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013

  1. Open Microsoft Word and the document you want to modify.
  2. Highlight the text you want to have double spaced or select all.
  3. Right-click the highlighted text and click Format and then Paragraph, or just Paragraph depending on your version of Word.

    Microsoft Word doule space

  4. In the Paragraph window, make sure you are under the Indents and Spacing tab.
  5. Click the down arrow next to the Line spacing box.
  6. Select Double and click the OK button.

Additional information

  • See the double space definition for further information and related links.