Set Line and Paragraph Spacing

Line spacing in Word 2003 can help improve readability. In Word paragraph spacing can make documents look cleaner too.

Line spacing

Document text can be formatted to show a number of line spacing options. The most common spacing options are single spaced and double spaced.

Line spacing is measured in lines, or points.

When line spacing is measured in points, it is referred to as leading (rhymes with wedding). When you reduce the leading, you automatically bring lines of text closer together, sometimes making it difficult to read. Increasing the leading will space the lines out, allowing for improved readability. For example, a 10-point font usually uses 12-point leading. This is the default and, in general, should be used.