How to Double Space on Google Docs

If you want to improve the legibility of your Google document by introducing double-spacing, you might struggle to find the option.

Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Finding double space on Google Docs is more difficult than it seems. In fact, many people can’t find it in the popular cloud-based Microsoft Word alternative.

Fortunately, using double space on Google Docs is very easy. Once you’ve learned how to activate it, you’ll find it straightforward to do down the line.

In this article, you’re going to learn how to use double space on Google Docs. We’ll give you a detailed walkthrough on the subject so you’ll never struggle with it again. Without further ado, here’s how to use double spacing in Google Docs.

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What is Double Spacing?

The double-spaced text has a blank line between each text row. By default, each time you hit Enter in Microsoft Word or in a Google document, a space is added to separate the text. What double-spacing does is create this kind of gap between every single row of text; that means at least a full blank line between each row of text inside your document

Not only does double spacing make a body of text more readable, but it allows for handwritten comments to be added. This is why double spacing is considered obligatory in APA-styled texts.

Why Use Double Spacing?

In this day and age, it’s not only about the quality of the writing. With so much cluttered written content out there, it’s increasingly important that your writing is easy on the eyes, or no one will read it. Spacing is a huge factor here. Typically, the 1.15 line spacing is ideal for Google Docs. In fact, it’s been deemed the most readable option.

If you want your Google document to be more legible, however, you’ll want to introduce double-spacing. This type of text alignment is so important because it improves the readability of the text, in addition to leaving space for extra information to be added between the lines.

How to Add Double Spacing on Google Docs: A Step-by-Step Walkthrough

If you want to make your text more legible, there’s a simple solution that can do a whole lot. We’re talking about, of course, double spacing. In this section, we’ll introduce you to adding double space to your text, using a step-by step walkthrough.

There are two ways to add a double space on Google Docs.

Method 1: The Toolbar

  1. Highlight the text you want to double space. In your Google document, highlight the body of text where you want to use double-spacing. Do this by left-clicking and holding at the start of the body of text and drag the pointer towards the end of the section. If you want to add a double space to the entire text, use the CTRL (Select All) function.
  2. Set the line spacing. Navigate to the toolbar above your Google Docs workspace and select the Line spacing option. Then, from the drop-down menu that appears, select ‘Double.’
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Method 2: The Menu Bar

  1. Highlight the text you want to double space. Choose the section that you want to add by highlighting the text. Use the same method of text highlighting explained above.
  2. Use the format menu. Now, navigate to the topmost toolbar and click the ‘Format’ tab (fifth option from the left). A drop-down menu will appear. Navigate to and hover over the Line spacing option. A menu should pop up to the left. In this menu, select ‘Double.’
double spacing formatting options

Both of these methods are applicable to the question at hand. The end result is no different when using either of them. These are the only two ways to include double-spacing in Google Docs.

Adding Double-Spacing in Google Docs FAQ

How do I change the spacing in Google Docs?

There are four main options when it comes to line spacing in Google Docs – Single, 1.15, 1.5, and Double. To change line spacing, either navigate to the Format menu, followed by Line spacing, and select an option. Alternatively, use the toolbar below the main one to find the Line spacing option and select your desired spacing.

Why does Google Docs double space?

Double line spacing in Google Docs or any other text document makes the entire body of text more readable for end-users. Additionally, when printed, it allows space for handwritten comments/edits.

Is 2.0 double-spacing?

You’ll notice that there isn’t a 2.0 spacing option in Google Docs. You get to choose between Single, 1.15, 1.5, and Double. “Double” here means 2.0 spacing. “Single” would mean 1.0. So, yes, 2.0 is the same thing as double-spacing. Many Microsoft Word iterations feature the 2.0 and 1.0 options instead of Double and Single, respectively.

How do I double space in Word 2020?

Select the body of text that you want to double space using the above-mentioned method. It works the same for Google Docs. Then, navigate to the Home tab (first one) and go to Paragraph. Click, and a drop-down menu should appear. From this menu, select 2.0. This is double-spacing.

How do I stop double spacing?

If you want to stop double-spacing in Google Docs, start by selecting the paragraph in question. If you want to remove it in the entire text, use the ‘Select All’ function. Then, navigate to the ‘Line Spacing’ feature using either of the two mentioned methods. Now, select the spacing that you want.


Hopefully, this guide has helped you better understand double space on Google Docs. As you can see, it’s all very simple and straightforward. All you need to do is select the body of text that you wish to add the double spacing function to, and choose your desired line spacing.

Using the function in question will make your text more readable and legible. And you should never underestimate the importance of content clarity.

Using the double space function creatively and combining it with other spacing types will make your text easy to read and, therefore, lower the barrier for the end-user. Always remember that it’s not all about content quality – it’s about proper formatting as well.

About the Author

Kevin Kessler
Kevin J. Kessler is a published author of five fantasy novels, a professional wrestler, and a puppeteer (not all at the same time). Kevin is a content writer at Codeless.