Word 2010: How to Remove Paragraph Spacing

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When you are working on a long document with numerous paragraphs, you will notice that Word automatically adds a line space when you start a new paragraph. You may have tried removing the extra space by hitting the Backspace key to no avail. In such circumstances, you can use the tools in Word to modify the spacing applied to one, several, or all paragraphs in the document, or even set this option for all documents. In this Word 2010 tutorial, you will learn how to remove paragraph spacing .

 

default spacing in a word document

Image: Word document with normal spacing applied.

How to Remove Paragraph Spacing Between Two Paragraphs

1. Place the insertion point at the end of the paragraph. Ensure that the extra space is displayed after the paragraph.

2. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the Line and paragraph spacing button and from the drop-down list, select Remove Space After Paragraph.

remove space after paragraph

How to Remove Paragraph Spacing Between All Paragraphs

1. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the Paragraph Dialog Box Launcher.

paragraph dialog box launcher

2. In the Paragraph dialog box, in the Spacing section, check the Don’t add space between paragraphs of the same style check box and click OK.

paragraph dialog box

Note: This change will reflect only future paragraphs added to the document. If you want to make changes to existing paragraphs, you must select the paragraphs in question and then follow the above steps.

How to Remove Paragraph Spacing in All Word Documents

1. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the Paragraph Dialog Box Launcher.

2. In the Paragraph dialog box, in the Spacing section, check the Don’t add space between paragraphs of the same style check box.

3. Click Set as Default and then click OK.

In this Word 2010 tutorial, you learned how to remove paragraph spacing between two paragraphs, all paragraphs, and set the paragraph spacing for all documents.

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