If you’ve upgraded to one of the ribbon-interface versions of Microsoft Office recently, you may have noticed that every new document you create (as opposed to editing or making new documents from earlier ones) has this weird, more open line spacing.
What’s the story?
Well, it seems that Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom, decided that since we’re all posting documents on the Interwebs, we could all do with a more online-friendly line spacing scheme. So they made line spacing in the Normal template 1.15 instead of 1. By default.
Um … no.
If you want to change the default back to that single line spacing that looks good on paper, then here’s what you do:
- On the home tab of the ribbon, find the Styles section (on the right). You’ll see a drop-down called Change Styles. Click it, then choose Style Set, then click on Word 2003 (which will change the default styles for that document to the ones where Normal paragraphs have single spacing with no extra space after paragraphs.
- To make this change effective for all new documents based on the Normal template, drop this menu down again, and choose Set as Default.
- Now, when you review your Paragraph dialog box, you’ll see this:
Hat tip to the Microsoft Office Knowledge Base for this one.