Word 2010 Line and Paragraph Spacing

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Word 2010

Line and Paragraph Spacing


Lesson 9
An important part of creating effective documents lies in the document design. When designing your document and making formatting decisions, you will need to know how to modify the spacing. In this lesson, you will learn how to modify the line and paragraph spacing in various ways.

Line Spacing

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About Line Spacing

Line spacing can either be measured in lines or points. For example, when text is double-spaced, the line spacing is two lines high. On the other hand, you might set 12-point text with something like 15-point spacing, which gives enough height for the text plus a little extra space. You can reduce the line spacing to fit more lines on the page, or you can increase it to improve readability.
Line spacing is also known as leading (pronounced to rhyme with "wedding").

To Format Line Spacing:

  1. Select the text you want to format.
  2. Click the Line and Paragraph Spacing command in the Paragraph group on the Home tab.
  3. Select the desired spacing option from the drop-down menu.
    Changing the line spacingChanging the line spacing
  4. From the drop-down menu, you can also select Line Spacing Options to open the Paragraph dialog box. From here, you can adjust the line spacing with even more precision.
    Fine-tuning the line spacingFine-tuning the line spacing
If you select At least or Exactly in the Paragraph dialog box, the line spacing will be measured in points. Otherwise, it will be measured in lines.

Paragraph Spacing

Just as you can format spacing between lines in your document, you can also choose spacing options between each paragraph. Typically, extra spaces are added between paragraphs, headings, or subheadings. Extra spacing between paragraphs helps to make a document easier to read.

To Format Paragraph Spacing

  1. Click the Line and Paragraph Spacing command on the Home tab.
  2. Select Add Space Before Paragraph or Remove Space After Paragraph from the drop-down menu.
    Adding space before a paragraphAdding space before a paragraph
  3. From the drop-down menu, you can also select Line Spacing Options to open the Paragraph dialog box. From here, you can control exactly how much space there is before and after the paragraph.
    Fine-tuning the paragraph spacingFine-tuning the paragraph spacing



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