How to double space or change line spacing in Microsoft Word

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

MS Word logoThe steps to enable double spacing in Microsoft Word differ slightly between versions. Consequently, you may need to use some intuition to adapt them for older versions. To proceed, decide which situation applies to you then follow the steps in that section.

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 drop-down menu.
  4. Under Formatting, click the Double Space button (shown below).

Double space button icon

  1. Click OK.

or

  1. Open 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.

Microsoft Word Spacing

  1. In the Paragraph window, make sure you are on the Indents and Spacing tab.

Microsoft Word paragraph menu

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

Modify line spacing for 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.
  4. In the Paragraph window, make sure you are on the Indents and Spacing tab.

Microsoft Word paragraph menu

  1. Click the down arrow in the Line spacing drop-down box.
  2. Select Double and click the OK button.

Additional information

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