Before Word 2007, line spacing was preset to 1.0 in Word. Note in Figure 12-4,
as well as in your documents, that the setting is now 1.15, which is suppos-
edly more readable and also a blessing to term-paper writers all over.
Double spacing, or the line spacing value 2.0, means that one line of text
appears with one blank line below it. Triple spacing, 3.0, means that one
line of text appears with two blank lines below.
Ah! The keyboard shortcuts:
•To single-space, press Ctrl+1.
•To double-space, press Ctrl+2.
•To use 1
-spaced lines, press Ctrl+5.
Yes, Ctrl+5 means 1
-line spacing, not 5-line spacing. Use the 5 key on
the typewriter part of the computer keyboard. Using the 5 key on the
numeric keypad activates the Select All command.
I know some fussy editors, old-school types, who want everything triple-
spaced so that they can scribble comments between the lines.
As with justification, there’s no such thing as no line spacing. If you want
to “remove” fancy line spacing, select the text and press Ctrl+1 for single
More line spacing options
To set the line spacing to something specific, you need to call on the Paragraph
dialog box, as described earlier in this chapter and shown in Figure 12-3.
In the Spacing part of the dialog box, the Line Spacing drop-down list is used
to set various line-spacing values: Single, 1.5, and Double, just like the Line
Spacing command button’s menu.
Chapter 12: Formatting Paragraphs