How to Double Space in Microsoft Word for Office 365

This guide will show you how to change the formatting of a document in Microsoft Word so that it is double spaced.

Step 1: Open the document in Microsoft Word.

Step 2: Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select the entire document.

select all of the text in the document

Step 3: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.

click the Home tab

Step 4: Click the Line and Paragraph Spacing button in the Paragraph section of the ribbon.

click the Line and Paragraph Spacing button

Step 5: Choose the 2.0 option from the list.

how to double space in Microsoft Word for Office 365

Your entire document should now be double-spaced.

If you are starting with a new, blank document, then you can skip the step above concerning the selection of the entire document.

How to Change Line Spacing Options in Microsoft Word for Office 365

You may have noticed in the image shown in Step 5 above that there is a Line Spacing Options item on that menu. If you need to make some additional changes to the spacing in your document, then you can click on that option to see the image shown below.

Line Spacing Options menu in Microsoft Word

On this menu you can adjust some additional line spacing options, such as your paragraph indentation, and the amount of spacing before and after your paragraphs.

Additionally, there is a Set as Default button at the bottom of this window. If you click that button after making changes to your document’s line spacing, then those changes will applied to all future new documents that you create in Word. If you are only creating documents in Word that will have double-spacing, and you would like to make your document creation process a little smoother, then using this default button can save you some time.

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