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Q: Line Spacing in Windows Word Pad ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Line Spacing in Windows Word Pad
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: monicadenece-ga
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Posted: 23 Jun 2003 13:07 PDT
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Question ID: 220843
In Windows Word Pad, how do I change from single-spacing to
space-and-a-half, double- or triple-spacing in wrap text?  I have been
completely through Help and it seems to address
everything...but...line spacing!
Subject: Re: Line Spacing in Windows Word Pad
Answered By: hammer-ga on 23 Jun 2003 14:05 PDT
I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but, WordPad does not have
this feature. If you need to be able to control line spacing, you will
need to move up to a more feature-rich word processor, such as Word,
WordPerfect, or one of the more feature-rich freeware/shareware word

I searched the newsgroups to see if anyone had found a workaround or
trick to make WordPad do this, but it doesn't look like anyone has.

If you want to look into some freeware/shareware word processors,
there is a good list at One of the packages on this
page is AbiWord, which is a very nice free word processor.
Text Editors

Google Groups Search Strategy
wordpad "line spacing"

There are several good choices in both commercial and freeware
packages that will offer you those features that WordPad cannot

- Hammer

Clarification of Answer by hammer-ga on 05 Jun 2004 10:44 PDT
The commenter is absolutely right. Ctrl-2 gets you double spacing and
Ctrl-5 gets  1.5 spacing. I don't see anything for triple-spacing.

My apologies for missing this on the first round.

- Hammer
Subject: Re: Line Spacing in Windows Word Pad
From: brian1958-ga on 30 Jun 2003 13:25 PDT
I was curious about your question, so I created a Word document with
several different line spacings and saved it as a rich text document
(such as you'd open with Wordpad).  I then looked at that document in
Notepad and through a little trial and error, discovered that there
are fairly simple codes that format the paragraph.  In particular, if
you insert the code "\pard\s1360" (without the quotes) then it changes
the line spacing to one and a half.  "\pard\s1480" changes it to
double-spaced and "\pard" by itself changes it back to single-spaced. 
You must do this in Notepad, however.  If you do it in Wordpad it will
change each "\" to "\\", thus changing it from a code to just text.

Probably not worth the hassle, with so many fine shareware/freeware
programs around...but if you just HAD to do it in Wordpad for some
Subject: Re: Line Spacing in Windows Word Pad
From: evolsoulx-ga on 30 May 2004 11:25 PDT
simple, the answer was wrong, if your in word pad and want double
spacing, press Control+2, if you want single, press Control+1.

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