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Change Default Paragraph Spacing in Word

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

By default, line spacing in Word 2016/Office 365 is set to 1.15 and there is an extra line between paragraphs which, according to some people, is supposed to make documents more readable and easier on the eyes. This may or may not be the case but if you prefer the standard 1.0 line spacing with no space between paragraphs (or another setting entirely), you can change the default paragraph spacing to anything you want from the Indents and Spacing tab of the Paragraph dialog box.

To Change Default Paragraph Spacing in Word

  1. Click the Home tab on the Ribbon.
  2. Click the Line and Paragraph Spacing icon on the Ribbon.

    Line and Paragraph Spacing icon

  3. Select Line Spacing from the drop-down menu.

    Select Line Spacing Options from drop-down menu
  4. To change the amount of spacing between paragraphs, adjust the value in the Before and After boxes. To remove any spacing between paragraphs, enter 0 in the After box.  

    Set value in the Before and After boxes

  5. Click the Line Spacing drop-down list and choose the value you want.

    Line Spacing Button

  6. Click the Set as Default button.
  7. In the dialog box, click the radio button next to All documents based on the Normal template.

    Choose All Documents based on Normal Template

  8. Click OK.

Tip: You can also click the dialog launcher to display the Paragraph dialog box.

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