Some people find it tedious or frustrating to deal with their line spacing in Microsoft Word documents. It is actually easier than many realize. You can change the line spacing on a single paragraph, page, or even the entire document in two easy keystrokes. Place your cursor anywhere on the target paragraphs, then press a combination of the Control (or CTRL) key and a number as indicated below:

  • Press Ctrl+1 to change the line spacing to single spaced.
  • Press Ctrl+2 to change the line spacing to double spaced.
  • Press Ctrl+5 to change the line spacing to 1.5 (or one and a half spaced).


  • If you are using a MAC, simply use the “Command” key in place of the CTRL key
  • You must use the numbers above the alphabet keys. This shortcut does not recognize the numeric keypad.