Many schools and institutions ask their members to double space their documents. This can make them easier to read, while also allowing for more space in which an editor or teacher can add comments. Most word processing programs will offer the ability to double space the document, and Word 2013 has such an option.
Our guide below will show you how to double space both a new, blank document and a document that already has content.
Note that you can actually set the double space formatting from a couple of different places, but we are going to focus on a different one in each of the sections below.
How to Double Space a Blank Document in Word 2013
The steps in this section will show you how to enable double spacing in a new, blank document.
Step 1: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
Step 2: Right-click the Normal option in the Styles section of the ribbon, then click the Modify option.
Step 3: Click the Double Space button near the center of the window, then click the OK button at the bottom of the window.
How to Double Space an Existing Document in Word 2013
The steps in this section will show you how to apply double-spacing to a document that already contains content.
Step 1: Click inside the document body, then press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select everything.
Step 2: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the Line Spacing button in the Paragraph section of the ribbon, then click the 2.0 option.
This article provides some additional information on double-spacing in Word 2013, including how to set double spacing as the default option in Word 2013.
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