How to Double Space in Word 2007

By Amy Dombrower

Double-spacing is regularly used to format research papers and reports, as it makes long documents much easier to read. In Microsoft Word 2007, the default spacing between lines is 1.15, but you can change it to double-spacing with a click of a button. Set the line spacing before you begin typing so that the entire document is double-spaced or select a section of text to format.

Step 1

Open a Microsoft Word 2007 document.

Step 2

Select existing text that you want to format if you've already begun typing.

Step 3

Click the "Home" tab.

Step 4

Click the "Line Spacing" button in the "Paragraph" tab.

Step 5

Click "2.0" to double-space. If the document is blank, anything you type from now on will be double-spaced. Any text that you select beforehand will also be double-spaced.

Step 6

Click the "Microsoft Office Button," then "Save as" to save the changes.