Setting up a document in Microsoft Word can be tricky if you have specific formatting requirements that you need to meet.
These requirements may include things like a certain word count, font, font size, and they might include a certain type of spacing.
One of the more common spacing options is double spacing, and it’s something that you can apply to a document that you are editing in Microsoft Word.
Our guide below will show you how to apply double spacing in Microsoft Word to a document that already has content.
How to Apply Double Spacing in Microsoft Word
The steps in this article were performed in the Microsoft Word for Office 365 version of the application. However, these steps will also work in many other versions of Word.
Step 1: Open your document in Microsoft Word.
Step 2: Click anywhere inside the document body, then press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select the whole document. (You can skip this step if you are working with a new, blank document.)
Step 3: Choose the Home tab at the top of the window.
Step 4: Click the Line and Paragraph Spacing button in the Paragraph section of the ribbon.
Step 5: Click the 2.0 option from the dropdown menu.
You can also select the Line Spacing Options item from that dropdown menu if you would like control over other document spacing options, such as the indentation and the spacing before and after a paragraph.
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