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Tech Tip #63: Don’t Like Double Space Between Paragraphs?

 

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In my fifteen years of teaching and tutoring tech, I’ve seen everything–and come up with solutions for all of it. I’ll share those with you. My goal: That students (of all ages) feel empowered not frightened by technology, that it is fun not frustrating. These tips will get you there with you and your kids.

Q: My Word 2010 came with a double space between paragraphs as the default, but I don’t like that. I’ve tried to reset it to single space, but it doesn’t fix it. What do I do?

A: I don’t either. What was Bill Gates thinking? Don’t as many people start a paragraph with a tab indent as a double space between paragraphs?

Now I have to fix that every time I open a Word doc. Here’s how to do it (in Word 2010):

  • Go to Page Layout
  • Go to Paragraph, Spacing
  • Make sure ‘after’ is set to 0–not 10.

To make this the default:

  • Under the ‘Home’ tab, go to ‘Paragraph
  • Click the little dot in the lower right corner
  • Change the ‘after’ spacing to 0
  • At the bottom of the dialog box, click ‘set as default’.

Now the world spins just a bit nicer.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and author of two technology training books for middle school. She wrote Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a tech columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for  ISTE’s Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s seeking representation for a techno-thriller that she just finished. Any ideas? Contact Jacqui at her writing office, WordDreams, or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.



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2 thoughts on “Tech Tip #63: Don’t Like Double Space Between Paragraphs?

    • Hi Julie

      You hate Calibri 11 too, huh? That’s next week’s tip. Here’s a preview:

      If you’re like me, you don’t like MS Office 2010’s default font of Calibri, size 11with a double space between paragraphs. Here’s how you fix that:

      * type a couple of paragraphs in any document
      * highlight what you typed and right click template ms word
      * select font
      * change the font to what you prefer. In my case, it’s TNR 12
      * click the Default button on the lower left and approve that this is, in fact, how you’d like a future documents to be formatted when opening a new document
      * Now right click again and select Paragraph
      * remove the extra spaces between paragraphs
      * Click Default
      There’ll be more detail next week.

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