Set Line and Paragraph Spacing

When using Word XP line and paragraph spacing is important. Learn how it works in this free lesson.

To format line spacing:

  • Select the text you want to format.
  • Choose Reveal Formatting on the task pane and click any of the blue links under the paragraph heading.


  • Click Format on the menu bar.
  • Select Paragraph. The Paragraph dialog box appears.
  • Click the Indents and Spacing tab.
  • In the line spacing drop-down menu, you can select single, 1.5, or double spacing. The default is single spacing.
  • Click OK.


  • Select the text you want to format.
  • Click the Line Spacing button on the formatting menu.
  • Select an option from the drop-down menu.

Line Spacing Options

Paragraph Spacing Examples