How To Check Line Spacing In Word In Easiest Way

Let’s talk about how to check and change line spacing in MS Word in this chapter. In a Microsoft Word document, line spacing is the space between two lines.

By taking a few simple steps, you can make this distance bigger or smaller, depending on what you need. This chapter will show you how to set the space between lines and between paragraphs.

What is line spacing in MS Word?

The line spacing is the distance between each line in a paragraph. Word gives you the ability to alter the line spacing so that it can be single spaced. Meaning only one line is displayed, double spaced, meaning two lines are displayed, or any other quantity you like.

In addition, the default line spacing in Microsoft Word is 1.08 lines, which is a little more than single spaced.

Further, line spacing determines the amount of vertical space between lines of text in a paragraph. By default, lines are single-spaced. It means that the space between them is big enough for the biggest font on that line plus a little bit more.

Where is line spacing in word?

You will find the line spacing when you click the Home tab and look in the Paragraph section for the line spacing button. When you click the button for line spacing, a menu will drop down from which you can choose a line spacing. But first, to change the space between lines, you have to pick the lines you want to change.

Line and Spacing Location
Line and Spacing Location

Different types of line spacing in MS Word

Most of the time, in Word, you can choose between four types of line spacing.

  • single spacing;
  • 1.5 times spacing;
  • double spacing or
  • a custom amount,

Where the numbers represent the size of the space in relation to the size of a line.

Single spacing and double spacing are the most common types of line spacing, and you can choose between them when setting line spacing in Word or another digital tool.

In some instances, you may desire to utilize a custom line spacing to make your text seem its best. Different fonts look better with varying amounts of spacing.

Typically, double spacing is used to generate more readable writings, however in other circumstances, single spacing may be preferable to fit more ideas on a single page. Depending on your needs, you may occasionally want to employ a custom level of spacing to optimize the appearance of your printed papers.

What is paragraph spacing in word?

The amount of white space between two paragraphs is called paragraph spacing. Controlling the space between words is an important part of formatting a document, just like using the right font or the right margins.

Paragraph spacing determines the amount of space above or below a paragraph. When you press Enter to start a new paragraph, the spacing is carried over to the next paragraph, but you can change the settings for each paragraph.

How to Check Line Spacing in Word

Here are the steps on how to check paragraph and line spacing in Word. There are multiple line spaces available: 1.0, 1.15, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, etc.

  • Step 1: Select the text, line, or paragraph whose spacing you wish to modify.

    Selected Text

  • Step 2: Select the Line and Paragraph Spacing tab from the Paragraph menu under the Home tab and choose your desired line spacing.

    Line Spacing Option

  • Results: 
    Note: Perform the same steps for different line spacing

    Changed Line Spacing Result

How to change Paragraph spacing using Dialog box

MS Word’s Paragraph dialog box provides an alternative method for change line and paragraph spacing. In addition to Line Spacing, the Paragraph dialog box provides a vast array of options for modifying our Word document beautifully and precisely.

In the Paragraph dialog box, there are many Line Space options, such as Single, 1.5 lines, Double, At Least, Exactly, Multiple, etc.

  1. Select the paragraph or paragraphs you want to format.Selected Text
  2. Click the Line and Paragraph Spacing command on the Home tab. From the drop-down menu, select Add Space Before Paragraph or Remove Space After Paragraph. In our case, we’ll choose Add Space Before Paragraph.Add Spacing Before Paragraph
  3. The document’s paragraph spacing will change.Spaces added before the Paragraph
  4. Select Line Spacing Options from the drop-down menu to open the Paragraph dialog box.Check Line Spacing Options 
  5. Here you can adjust the amount of space before and after the paragraph.Paragraph Spacing Dialog Box

You can use Word’s Set as Default tool to store all of your formatting modifications and apply them automatically to new documents.


In summary, we’ve talked about how to check and change line spacing in Word, as well as the different types of line and paragraph spacing in a document and what those terms mean. In addition, we know the ways on how to check spacing in paragraph of Microsoft Word that makes our document presentable and creative.

Meanwhile, if you want learn more about the previous tutorial on how to apply bullets and numbering and as well as to use borders and shading in Microsoft Word which still part of formatting your documents. You can browse those guide if you having a hard time in exploring your documents.

We hope this tutorial helps you as you format your documents in MS Word.

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