by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 20, 2014)
Line spacing refers to the amount of space, vertically, that Docs uses for your text. Specifically, it refers to the space from the baseline of one line to the baseline of the preceding or following line. (A baseline is the imaginary line on which the letters rest.) Normally, Docs uses a default line spacing of 1.15, meaning 115% of whatever the font size is for a given line of text. You can easily modify the line spacing by following these steps:
You can get more precise control over line spacing by choosing Custom Spacing in step 3. Docs then displays the Custom Spacing dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. The Custom Spacing dialog box.
Set your line spacing as desired, and then click the Apply button. The line spacing is specified in numbers of lines, thus an entry of 3 would mean your text is triple-spaced.
It is important to realize that actual line spacing depends on the font you are using in your text. A larger font size results in larger line spacing. For instance, if you are using an 18-point font and have your line spacing set to 2, then your line spacing is actually 36 points. If you change to a 12-point font and your line spacing remains at 2, then your line spacing is actually 24 points.
The upshot of this is that if you use different point sizes on the same line, then Docs adjusts the line spacing for that line according to the largest point size. This can, as you might guess, make your line spacing look a bit funny and irregular. Unfortunately, there is no way around this in Docs.