How to Double Space in Microsoft Word

Wondering how to double space in Microsoft Word? We’ll walk you through it in Word on your desktop, the web, and your mobile device.

You may have a requirement that your paper is set up as double-spaced. Or perhaps you prefer to format your document this way for easier reading. You can double-space in Microsoft Word a couple of different ways, depending on if it’s the entire document or just a section.

How to Double Space Your Document in Word

You can apply double spacing to your document in the Word desktop application on Windows and Mac, even if you’ve started it already. It takes just three clicks.

  1. Go to the Design tab.
  2. Click Paragraph Spacing in the ribbon.
  3. Select Double.

Paragraph Spacing, Double in Word

Your entire document should then update to the double-space format.

How to Double Space Part of a Document in Word

If you’re using Word for the web or want only to double-space a section of your document, you can do this in several different ways.

  1. Select the text you want to double-space.
  2. Go to the Home tab.
  3. Click Line and Paragraph Spacing.
  4. Choose 2.0 in the drop-down list.

Line Spacing, Double in Word

Alternatively, you can follow the same steps directly above, but in Step 4, choose Line Spacing Options.

  1. In the window that displays, confirm that you’re on the Indents and Spacing tab.
  2. Go to the Spacing section and select Double in the drop-down list for Line spacing.
  3. Click OK.

Line spacing, Double in Word on Windows

Using either of the above, you should then see only the selected text convert to double-spaced.

How to Double Space in the Word Mobile App

If you use Word on your mobile device, you can apply double-spacing similarly to Word on the web or for part of the document.

  1. Select the text you want to double-space.
  2. Tap to open the Home tab at the bottom.
  3. Pick Paragraph formatting.
  4. Choose Line spacing.
  5. Select 2.0 in the list.

Paragraph Formatting, Line Spacing in Word on mobile

Your selected text should then display as double-spaced.

Go Beyond Single Spacing in Microsoft Word

It takes only a minute to double-space your Microsoft Word document, whether for need or preference. So remember these options when using Word on your desktop, the web, or your mobile device.

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