Indents and Line Spacing

When using PowerPoint line spacing is critical. Use the PowerPoint indent and line spacing functions to ensure a professional look.

Line spacing

PowerPoint allows you to adjust the amount of space between each line in a list or paragraph. You can reduce the line spacing to fit more lines on a slide, or you can increase it to improve readability. In some instances, PowerPoint may automatically change the font size when you adjust the line spacing, so increasing the line spacing too much may cause the text to be too small.

To format line spacing:

  1. Select the text you want to format.
  2. On the Home tab, locate the Paragraph group, then click the Line Spacing command.
  3. Select the desired line spacing from the menu that appears.


    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Changing the line spacing

If you want to adjust the line spacing with even more precision, select Line Spacing Options from the drop-down menu. The Paragraph dialog box will open, allowing you to fine-tune the line spacing and also adjust the paragraph spacing, which is the amount of spacing that is added before and after each paragraph.

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The Paragraph dialog box