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Can somebody tell me how to change the double spacing between sentences in Word 2003?
I have used "help" and Google and nothing matches what I have currently so am stuck on something that seems simple.

Thanks in advance for your help.
  • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
    Don't know if yours has it, but on the toolbar there is a tool in the formatting section that has up and down arrows to the left and then some lines to the left.

    Click on that and select 1. Voila.

    If you don't have that on your tool bar go to the View menu and select toolbars. From there select Formatting" and the toolbar will appear.

    Alternatively, you can go to the Tools menu, then select Customise. Select the Commands tab and select Formatting. Scroll down the bottom and click on "Line Spacing" (it's the second last option). You can drag that to your toolbar. Once it's on there, select 1. Voila.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I have that but it is already set to 1 and yet I still have the problem. It is weird. I also tried the other way but same result.
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    Hi Laurence

    Are you highlighting the text in question first?

    See here Adjust the line spacing between text or paragraphs - Word - Office.com
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    I am highlighting first. I saw that page but it doesn't work for me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brian John
      w 2003 i always did it this way: select text > right-click > paragraph > indents and spacing > adjust w "line-spacing" drop-down

      hope that helps
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I tried that and it already says single spacing too so this is really frustrating because it seems everything that can be done won't work. Maybe I have to do it all manually which is a huge pain for a 148 page book but I will. Thanks anyway guys and gals.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brian John
      interesting. perhaps pm me a snippet or paragraph or just something formatted the same way and let me take a look. used word 2003 to write a ton of apa-formatted papers in grad school and it never stumped me. wouldn't mind having a go at it
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    PM sent. Thanks for trying.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brian John
      glad i could help. misread your question at first, thought you were saying there was an extra space between each line...my bad.

      in case anyone else has the same issue, to quickly modify the entire doc w/o having to go through every line manually, go: edit > find > replace. In Find what: type ".. " and in Replace with: type ". ", both without quotes, then hit Replace all. This will replace all of the periods followed by 2 spaces (period key, space-bar, space-bar), with a period followed by one space (period key, space-bar).
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      • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
        Originally Posted by Brian John View Post

        glad i could help. misread your question at first, thought you were saying there was an extra space between each line...my bad.
        That's what I thought as well, hence my "help".

        Glad it's fixed now.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Thanks to Brian I have fixed this problem. Simple but frustrating. Thanks mate.
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  • Profile picture of the author pjCheviot
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    Oops - another one who misread the initial post.

    Glad you got it sorted Laurence
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