How to use Line Spacing in Word
Line spacing determines the amount of vertical space between the lines of text in a paragraph.
Paragraph spacing determines the amount of space above or below a paragraph.
In Microsoft Word, the default space between lines is either 1.0 or 1.15 and a blank line between paragraphs. This however depends on the version.
The default spacing in the earliest Office Word 2003 documents is 1.0 between lines and no blank line between paragraphs.
To change the line spacing for an entire document use the Quick Style set that uses the spacing that you want.
If you want to change the line spacing for a portion of the document, you can select the paragraphs and change their line spacing settings. In word 2010, you can change the line spacing directly from the ribbon on the Styles tab.
How to change the line spacing in a portion of the document
1. Select the paragraphs for which you want to change the line spacing.
2. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Line Spacing
3. Do one of the following:
Click to choose the number of line spaces that you want.
e.g. click 1.0 to single-space with the spacing that is used in earlier versions of Word.
Click 2.0, to double the space between the selected paragraphs.
Click 1.15 to single-space with the spacing that is used in Word 2007.
To use a custom line space, click Line Spacing Options, and then select the options that you want under Spacing.
The line spacing options enables you to edit and format your document .
How to change the spacing before and after selected paragraphs.
By default, paragraphs are followed by a blank line, and headings have extra space above them.
To change the spacing before and after selected paragraphs, select the paragraph before or after which you want to change the spacing.
On the Page Layout tab, in the Paragraph group, under Spacing, click the arrow next to Before or After and enter the amount of space that you want.