How to Double-Space

MLA, APA, and Chicago style academic papers all require double-spacing. It allows instructors to write comments in the essay and margins and helps the reader move through the content at a better pace. You have a couple options when it comes to double-spacing your MS Word document.

Option 1:

  • select the “home” tab of your Word document–the top left
  • at the bottom right of the “paragraph” box, click on the tiny little square/arrow icon
  • choose “double” in the “spacing” section of the menu box that appears

Option 2:

  •  in the “home” tab, in the middle-right of the “paragraph” box, click icon with blue arrows going up and down
  • select 2.0 from the drop down menu

Option 3:

  • right click within the white portion of your document and select “paragraph” from the menu that appears
  • choose “double” in the “spacing” section of the menu box that appears