Senior Computer Tutor
Word 2007 - 2010
Historically, word processors have been programmed to require
pressing ENTER twice in order to put a blank line between paragraphs (like the paragraph spacing you see on this page).
However, Microsoft (in its seemingly endless crusade to change things just
for the sake of change) has programmed Word 2007 and 2010 to double-space paragraphs with just one ENTER.
Line & Paragraph Spacing Issues
The program also adds extra white space between lines within a paragraph, resulting in a document that might normally be a 4-page printout becoming a 6-page printout.
This can be fixed by clicking Paragraph under Home and changing
Spacing>After from 6 pt to 0 pt and changing Line Spacing from Multiple to Single.
However, this just fixes the current document. Keep reading...
To Make the Settings Match Older Word Versions:
Under Home click on View>Change Styles. Next click on Style Set>Word 2003. Then click Change Styles
again. Finally, click Set as Default.
Now your current and all future Word 2007 documents will have normal line
spacing and will require two ENTERs to put a blank line between paragraphs.
In Case You Do Need Special Line or Paragraph Spacing...
Some documents may require special line and/or paragraph spacing in order
to, for example, fit within some specific page margins. In Word 2007 these settings can be adjusted under Home>Paragraph.
To change line and paragraph settings in all other versions of Word click on
Format>Paragraph. Here you will be able to choose the number of points
between lines, along with the number of points that will go before and/or
after a paragraph.
Such options only affect a paragraph that is currently
highlighted or in which your cursor currently resides. To make the options
apply to a whole document click on Edit>Select All (or do Ctrl+A).
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