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Article ID: 921174 - Last Review: September 18, 2011 - Revision: 8.0

Problem description

When you work in a Microsoft Office Word 2007 document, you may notice that there is more space between lines in a paragraph and more space between paragraphs than in earlier versions of Microsoft Word.

To have us fix this problem for you, go to the "Fix it for me" section. To fix this problem yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.

Fix it for me

To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix it button or link. Click Run in the File Download dialog box, and then follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.

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Note This wizard may be in English only; however, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.

Note This wizard will not run in Windows Server 2008 R2

Note If you are not on the computer that has the problem, you can save the automatic fix to a flash drive or to a CD, and then you can run it on the computer that has the problem.

Next, go to the "Did this fix the problem?" section.

Let me fix it myself

To fix the line spacing and paragraph spacing in Word 2007 so that it is the same as in earlier versions of Word, you have to change the Style Set option.

To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click the Home tab.
  2. Click Change Styles in the Styles group, point to Style Set, and then click the style set that you want to use.

    To change the default formatting of your document, such as the line spacing and paragraph spacing, to the default formatting that is used in earlier versions of Word, click Word 2003.
  3. To set the style set as the default style set in Word 2007, click Change Styles in the Styles group, and then click Set as Default.

Did this fix the problem?

Check whether the problem is fixed by checking the line and paragraph spacing. If the spacing is fixed, you are finished with this article. If the problem is not fixed, you can contact support ( .


The following table lists the default line spacing and default paragraph spacing for Word 2007 and for earlier versions of Microsoft Word.

Note Some language versions of Word 2007 may have the same default line spacing and the same default paragraph spacing as earlier versions of Word.
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Spacing optionWord 2007Word 2003 and earlier versions of Word
After14 px0 pt
Line spacingMultipleSingle
Note To view the line spacing and paragraph spacing options, right-click a paragraph, and then click Paragraph.

For more information about how to adjust the line spacing in Word 2007, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (

  • Microsoft Office Word 2007, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    • Windows Vista Home Basic
    • Windows Vista Home Premium
    • Windows Vista Ultimate
    • Windows 7 Home Basic
    • Windows 7 Home Premium
    • Windows 7 Ultimate
    • Windows 7 Professional
    • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
    • Windows Server 2008 Standard
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