If you want a quick way to perform this task, here’s a shortcut you can use to double space in MS Word:

Ctrl+2

To use this shortcut to double space in Word, before pressing Ctrl+2, highlight the entire document by pressing CTRL+A if you want the double space to apply to the whole document, or select only the paragraph or paragraphs which you want the double space to apply to

Below are the details if you don’t mine.

You may need to double space in word in order to improve readability. Or to conform with your project’s requirements.

For instance, most business letters use single space or limited amount of space between lines, whereas most academic reports require double-spaced formatting.

Below are the steps to double space in your Word document:

  1. Highlight the paragraph or paragraph you wish to double-space.

If it is the whole Word document you want to double space, press Ctrl+A to highlight everything. However, if it is part of the document, highlight only the section you wish to double space.

highlight the section you wish to double space in your Word document
  • After selecting the section you wish to double space, press Ctrl+2. This is the shortcut to double-spacing in Word.
  • Alternatively, go to the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click on the line and paragraph spacing and select 2.0.
Press Ctrl+2

After applying these steps, you’ll notice that the space between the lines has gotten wider.

This is how you may double space in Word.