Google Docs, was launched in the year 2006 and has captured a fair share in the market. This can be attributed to the fact that users found it more accessible and easier to use. One of the formatting options that users often go for is ‘Double Space’. When you do a ‘Double Space’, it adds a blank line in between to text lines.
When you are creating a document, sometimes it becomes necessary to add ‘Double Space’ to enhance clarity and visual appeal. Moreover, the commas and full stops in the become particularly distinct which might not be the case under normal spacing.
Now that we have discussed the advantages of double spacing, a user should also know how its negative impact. Double spacing leads to a lengthy document and if you plan to print them on paper, you are likely to incur a higher cost. Moreover, many users prefer reading short documents and your document might drive them away, just because it appears to be lengthy.
Use the ‘Line spacing’ tool to Double Space in Google Docs
The default spacing between lines in Google Docs is 1.15. To do ‘Double Space’ formatting in Google Docs, use the ‘Line spacing’ tool either from the ‘Toolbar’ or the ‘Format’ options from the menu.
Double Space from Toolbar
Highlight the text you want to double-space and then click on the ‘Line Spacing’ icon on the Toolbar.
Next, select ‘Double’ from the drop-down menu to add double-spacing to the highlighted text.
After you have formatted, the spacing between lines will increase as is evident in the image below. Compare it with the one above before double-spacing was done.
Double Space from Formatting Options
Alternatively, you can also access Line spacing options from the Format menu in Google Docs.
Before adding double-space, highlight the required text and then click on ‘Format’ in the menu bar.
Next, select ‘Line spacing’ from the drop-down menu and then click on ‘Double’ in the context menu.
The spacing will change to double from the default 1.15, as was the case earlier.
You now know how to ‘Double Space’ in Google Docs but before you start formatting a document, check if it’s really necessary. Adding double-spaces to a text has certain disadvantages as discussed above, therefore, one should have a fair clarity on the subject before proceeding.