How To Customize The Default Line Spacing In Word 2007 and 2010

If you have jumped from MS Word 2003 to MS Word 2010 or 2007, you will come across many changes in the default settings such as font and font size.

In addition, you will also notice that the default line spacing is no longer 1.0 Technically, you will see that the line spacing has changed to 1.15 from 1.0 in both the versions; although, this difference is quite meager. Therefore, by default, you get to see additional space between the lines. Moreover, you will like this default spacing of 1.15, as the sentences in the paragraphs do not appear cluttered or crammed.

However, there are times when you need to have tighter or more spacing in a document. This is when you need to change the default line spacing to the desired one. Let me tell you that you really have different options to apply the required level of line spacing in a document of Word 2007 or 2010. So, we shall now see how to modify or change the line spacing in both the versions of Word wherein it is 1.15 by default as against 1.0 in Word 2003 that offers a more compressed look.

Setting A Different Line Spacing in Word 2010 & 2007

What if you want to bring back the default line spacing of Word 2003? Or how would you increase the line spacing to 1.5 in order to fulfill your project requirements? Well, here are the steps to change the line spacing of the entire document in both the versions of Word.

1. Open the desired document.

2. Under the Home tab, select Change Styles present in the Styles group. A drop-down menu is displayed.

3. Select the Style Set option. A drop-down list of styles is displayed.

4. Hover the pointer over the styles in the list and you will be able to see the effect with Live Preview.

5. Select the desired style set. The style set is applied to the entire document immediately.

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Setting the Applied Style Set As Default

If you come to know that the above selected style set is to be used in all the documents of the new project, it is good to set it as the default style so that you don’t have to set it again and again for each new document. For specifying it as default, select Change Styles --> Set as Default. Now, when you create a new document, the same line spacing style will be applied to it without your intervention.

Modifying The Line Spacing in Some Sections

At times, there might be a need to set a different line spacing for some sections in the document. In this case, select the text whose line spacing needs to be changed, click the Line Spacing drop-down button in the Paragraph group of the Home tab, and select the desired spacing. To explore more twists and options, you can select Line Spacing Options from the drop-down list.

Restoring the Default Line Spacing

In case you want back the line spacing of 1.15, select Change Styles --> Style Set --> Reset Document Quick Styles.