How to Double Space in Word 2010

Different tasks might require you to use different formatting styles, so it’s important to know how to change the spacing between the lines when creating and editing a document.

One reason to do this might also be to make the document seem longer than it actually is (though the reader can easily verify the number of words if they have access to the original text file), but leaving a bit of extra space also makes reading it a bit easier.

Since line spacing is a fairly important aspect to consider when writing a text document, Microsoft has made changing this setting easily accessible in Microsoft Word 2010.

Basically you’ll have to select all the content in the document and then quickly modify everything so that the lines are double-spaced. Below is a look at how to do it, assuming you already have the document, but you haven’t double-spaced it yet.

Step 1: Open the document using Word 2010.

Step 2: Press [Ctrl] + A on your keyboard (this selects all the content in the document)

Step 3: Go to the top right of the screen and click the Home button

Step 4: In the Paragraph section of the Office ribbon, find the Line and paragraph Spacing button and hit the 2.0 option.

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After doing this, all the lines in your document should be using the 2.0 line spacing. As always when editing text (and especially when making big changes), you should probably save and back up your file, just in case you don’t like the result or something more serious happens, like the computer crashing.