Make Single-Spacing The Default For All New Documents In Word 2007

Some people prefer to use single spacing instead of double spacing. You can easily configure Word to use either one. If you use the Line Spacing option in the Paragraph group, you can change specific text within a document to single spacing.

If you want Word to use single spacing as the default for any new documents that you create, you need to complete the steps listed below.

  1. On the Page Layout tab, click the Paragraph Dialog Box Launcher.
  2. Click the Indents and Spacing tab.
  3. In the Spacing section, click the arrow next to the After box until the value is 0 pt.
  4. In the Line Spacing box, select Single.
  5. Clear the number in the At box.
  6. Click Default, and then click Yes when prompted.

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  • Joseph

    Thanks for the tip Doll. But why-o-why must Microsoft always jack with things? They continually make things more difficult and UNINTUITIVE! I think that this will be the last Microsoft Office product that I purchase…a Mac is looking really attractive these days.

    Cheers!

  • Gabbykar

    Thank you i really appreciate the help i got from you.

  • http://n/a JimB

    Hi, Diana, thanks for providing the solution.

    Also, to Joseph:
    What do you think, that Bill Gates just does this to annoy people? Many, many industries and academics require double-spacing, and so in this version it is turned on by Default.
    Your comment about the Mac…What are you going to write with on that Mac? I’m going to guess you are still going to need the Mac version of MS Office. So, waste your money on a rip-off Mac and then spend the money on Mac Office.
    I suppose you could use OpenOffice on either your PC or your possible new Mac, but why would you want to when it has nowhere near the features of MS Office?
    Joseph, please take a few seconds to think before typing next time, thanks.

    Cheers!

  • basic_furball

    @JimB

    I really don’t think there is any need to be so condescending towards Joseph.

    You “guess” that he is going to need the Mac version of MS Office even though he clearly states this would be the last Office product he buys. As you suggested, OpenOffice would be an option, though perhaps a little limited on features but there are plenty of alternatives such as Mac’s own word processing app Pages, which many prefer to Word.

    Perhaps you should take a few seconds to think before typing next time, thanks.

  • Nitin

    nice tip man! default double spacing was driving me crazy! no offense to those who love it, but MS should have thought about giving choice to make “No Spacing” (or any other style that one loves) default.

  • Steve

    Thank you!
    I HATED that feature. It drives me absolutely nuts when Microsoft imposes some feature like this as the default behavior simply to show off that it can be done, but then it doesn’t make it easy to disable.

  • Steve

    @JimB
    Stop being a software apologist. I have often used double-spacing in my day and it was trivially easy to perform: “enter enter”. The name alone suggests that this behavior should NOT be the norm for every document that anyone would ever write.

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