Adding Common Line Spacing Options

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 7, 2020)

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On the Home tab of the ribbon Valerie can use the Line and Paragraph Spacing tool (in the Paragraph group) to choose some standard line spacing options such as 1.0, 1.15, 1.5, etc. She would like to include some other line spacing options that she uses quite a lot, such as 1.2, 1.23, 1.25, etc. She wonders if there is a way to modify the options shown in the tool.

There is no way to modify the options available on that particular tool's drop-down list, at least not as far as I've been able to determine. However, there may be an easier way to accomplish your desire instead of trying to modify the tool—just use styles.

The whole idea behind styles is to consistently apply common formatting to your text. Thus, if you commonly want to have paragraphs that use 1.2 line spacing, you could create a style for that formatting need and apply it where you need it. Styles can also be associated with keyboard shortcuts, which means that you'd be able to apply them very quickly. If you prefer, you could also add your custom style to the Style Gallery that appears on the Home tab of the ribbon. (How you create styles, associate them with shortcut keys, and add them to the gallery have been covered in other issues of WordTips. Just do some judicious searching on the WordTips website and you'll find all the info you need.)

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2016-08-08 19:09:23

Danielle

Thank you for the tip!

Searched "shortcuts for word styles" and found: http://wordribbon.tips.net/T005948_Assigning_a_Shortcut_Key_to_Styles.html

As a keyboard person (carpal tunnel), I really appreciate anything that you can do with the keyboard.

Another way to APPLY existing formatting to another part of the document is to highlight the portion with formatting that you want to copy(you can use Ctrl+Shift+Arrow to select).

Once highlighted, press Ctrl+Shift+C to copy the formatting.

Then to move to portion where you want to apply that formatting (does not have to be in the same document). Highlight the text and press Ctrl+Shift+V.

If you only want to apply spacing or paragraph style without changing the font itself (e.g., you have a section with tight paragraph spacing or an indented paragraph), don't actually SELECT any text; just place the cursor somewhere in the line or paragraph before pressing Ctrl+Shift+V. This will apply spacing only (Note: If you are copying formatting on a heading, it will change the font to that default heading style anyway, since headings are normally to be consistent).


2014-01-27 09:00:36

Jennifer Thomas

Here is a great article about line spacing, especially the reasons for using multiple, exact, and at least options (that new multiple 1.15 default in Word 2007+ caused some initial confusion in my world, and this was my source article for the answer).

http://compusavvy.wordpress.com/2010/08/01/understanding-line-and-paragraph-spacing-in-word/


2014-01-25 09:52:27

Tom

Also, in the paragraph formatting options box, you can go to the "Line spacing" drop down menu, choose "Exactly" and enter the number of points for your customized line spacing.


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