How To Double Space On An Essay

Use double-spacing throughout the entire paper.To add double-spacing in Microsoft Word, highlight all the text you want double-spaced, then click on Page Layout. Next to the word Paragraph click on the arrow. Under Spacing, Line Spacing, select Double and then click OK.

Put two spaces after the period for each sentence in the body of the paper (Note, use only one space after a period in your references at the end of the paper). Microsoft Word does not have a setting to automatically put in two spaces at the end of a sentence, but you can set-up the grammar check to alert you when only one space is used. In Word 2007, click on File, then click Options. Next, click on Proofing. Under When correcting spelling and grammar in Word, click on Settings. Next to Spaces required between sentences, change the setting to 2. Click OK to exit. This setting will alert you to single spaces after a period with the green squiggle that shows when there is a grammar error in your paper.

Leave 1 in. margins from top to bottom and side to side. Microsoft Word usually is set to 1 in. margins. You can check this by clicking on Page Layout, then click on Margins. The margin you are using is highlighted, select Normal if it is not already selected. 

How to double space or change line spacing in Microsoft Word

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

The steps to enable double spacing in Microsoft Word differ slightly between versions. Consequently, you may need to use some intuition to adapt them for older versions. To proceed, decide which situation applies to you, then follow the steps in that section.

Enable double spacing for the whole document

Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Styles group, right-click Normal.
  3. Select Modify from the drop-down menu.
  4. Under Formatting, click the Double Space button (shown below).

  1. Click OK.

or

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. Click the Page Layout tab.
  3. Click the down arrow in the bottom right corner next to Paragraph to bring up the Paragraph window.

  1. In the Paragraph window, make sure you are on the Indents and Spacing tab.

  1. Click the down arrow next to the Line spacing box.
  2. Select Double and click the OK button.

Modify line spacing for all or part of an existing document

Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013

  1. Open Microsoft Word and the document you want to modify.
  2. Highlight the text you want to have double spaced or select all.
  3. Right-click the highlighted text and click Format and then Paragraph, or just Paragraph depending on your version of Word.
  4. In the Paragraph window, make sure you are on the Indents and Spacing tab.

  1. Click the down arrow in the Line spacing drop-down box.
  2. Select Double and click the OK button.
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