How do I Change the Default Line Spacing in Word?

Changing the default line spacing in Microsoft Word can save you time and ensure consistent formatting. Follow these steps to learn how.

Step 1: Open Word

  • Open Microsoft Word on your computer.

Step 2: Create or Open a Document

  • Create a new document or open an existing document in which you want to change the default line spacing.

Step 3: Select the Text

  • Select the text you want to change the line spacing for.
  • To select the entire document, press Ctrl + A.

Step 4: Access the Paragraph Dialog Box

  • Click on the “Home” tab in the top menu bar.
  • In the “Paragraph” group, click on the small arrow in the bottom right corner.
  • This will open the “Paragraph” dialog box.

Step 5: Set Line Spacing

  • In the “Paragraph” dialog box, locate the “Spacing” section.
  • Under “Line spacing”, select the desired option from the drop-down menu.
    • Choose “Single” for no extra space between lines.
    • Choose “1.5 lines” for one and a half lines of spacing.
    • Choose “Double” for double-spacing.

Step 6: Apply to Entire Document

  • To apply the new line spacing to the entire document, click on the “Set as Default” button at the bottom left of the dialog box.
  • A prompt will appear asking if you want to set the changes as the default for all new documents based on the current template. Click “OK” to confirm.

Step 7: Apply to Selected Text

  • If you want to apply the line spacing only to the selected text, click “OK” in the “Paragraph” dialog box without clicking “Set as Default”.

Step 8: Review and Modify

  • Review the document to ensure the line spacing is as desired.
  • If you need to make further adjustments, repeat the steps to change the line spacing again.


By following these steps, you can easily change the default line spacing in Microsoft Word to maintain consistent formatting and customize the appearance of your documents. Remember, setting it as the default will save time for future documents, giving you a head start on creating professional-looking content.

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