How to Double Space in Word

Peter Thomson
Peter Thomson  |  May 31, 2019

It’s important that your writing looks up to snuff.

Microsoft Word is one of the most commonly used word processors on the market. Unfortunately, its tutorial elements leave much to be desired when it comes to teaching newcomers the essential elements of crafting a well-formatted document.

In this article, we’ll undertake a step-by-step guide of how to adapt Microsoft Word’s default paragraph spacing to one of the most commonly-used formats: double spacing.

How to double space in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word has a plethora of different tabs and options to use. Luckily, you can get a ton of mileage out of the software with only a few simple button clicks, and paragraph spacing is no different.

It’s as simple as that! You can apply double spacing to an entire document, or to a section of your choice. Below, you can find our step by step guide on how to do this!

Step 1: Select the text you want to change

With your cursor, highlight the text you want to change. The easiest way to do this is to left-click the beginning of the text and drag it across the sentence, paragraph, or section until all the desired text is highlighted in gray.

Step 2: Go to the ‘Home’ tab and navigate to the ‘More Paragraph Options’

On the top left, click on the ‘Home’ tab and go over to ‘More Paragraph Options’. Note that this might be labeled differently in other versions of Word (in the example, I’m using the online tool). It could also be labeled as ‘Line and Paragraph Spacing’ or simply ‘Line Spacing.’

Regardless of what it’s called, the general position in the upper bar should be roughly the same:

how to double space in word

Step 3: Click ‘2.0’

After you have the appropriate drop-down menu opened, go to line spacing and select ‘2.0’. Clicking on this option will transform all of your selected text into a double spaced masterpiece!

how to double space in word


And just like that, you now can change the line spacing of any document to any size your heart desires!

Looking to get rid of a pesky page in its entirety? Check out our guide on how to delete a page in word!

Peter Thomson

Peter Thomson

Peter Thomson works with G2 as a Content Marketing Associate. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, he graduated Kenyon College with a degree in Sociology. His interests include podcasts, rock climbing, and understanding how people form systems of knowledge in the digital age.