What’s the deal with Word 2007/2010 line spacing?

Several clients have asked me about this one lately, so I did a little research.

Microsoft Office Word 2010 has wide spacing as the default.   It seems that Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom, decided we could all do with a more online-friendly line spacing scheme.

So they made line spacing in the Normal template 1.15 instead of 1.  By default.

If you want to change the default back to that single line spacing that looks good on paper, then here’s what you do:

  • On the home tab of the ribbon, find the Styles section (on the right).  You’ll see a drop-down called Change Styles.  Click it, then choose Style Set, then click on Word 2003 (which will change the default styles for that document to the ones where Normal paragraphs have single spacing with no extra space after paragraphs.
  • To make this change effective for all new documents based on the Normal template, drop this menu down again, and choose Set as Default.

Ah! That’s better!

Thanks to the Microsoft Office Knowledge Base and http://legalofficeguru.com for this.

And….if you want to avoid the whole issue altogether…use Google Docs.

Google Docs are free, they’re online so you have automatic backups, and there’s nothing to synchronize!

  2 comments for “What’s the deal with Word 2007/2010 line spacing?

  1. June 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    YES!!! Drove me nuts, that large spacing. Thanks, Marty.
    Have any plans to teach Adobe In Design?

    • June 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Joan! I don’t plan to teach InDesign. I took an online class about it, at http://www.Lynda.com. It is an amazing program. However, I’m not a designer, so I won’t be investing buying the program to practice.

      There is a lot to learn with InDesign. It would be less expensive for you to take a class at one of the Colleges or at Lynda.com.

      Thanks for asking!

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