How to Change the Default Line Spacing in Word

Line spacing in documents helps in easy readability. Likewise, a blank line follows each paragraph. For the same reason, headings have a space above them.

The default line spacing in Word is 1.15.

However, you can easily change this to suit your requirement.

We will show you in easy, stepwise instructions how to change the default line spacing in Word.

Let us begin.

Step #1: Open Word

Open a document in Word.

Navigate to a section of text in the document.

Select the text whose line spacing you want to change

Step #2: Open the Paragraph Dialog

Click on the Home tab in the top menu bar to change the ribbon.

In the section Paragraph, click on the Line and Paragraph Spacing icon.

In the drop-down menu, click on Line Spacing Options….

A Paragraph dialog box will open.

Step #3: Change the Spacing

Click on the Indents and Spacing tab.

Under Spacing, suitably change the Before and After spacing for the paragraph.

Under Line Spacing, select a suitable line spacing from the drop-down menu.

Click on the Set as Default tab at the bottom.

Word opens a dialog box.

Click and select All documents based on the Normal template for the default.

Click on the OK tab.

Word will change the default line spacing to what you have chosen.


We have shown you how to change the default line spacing in Word. Use our method to make your documents highly readable. 

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