What’s the deal with 10 points paragraph spacing after and 1.15 line spacing in Word 2007 or Word 2010

The default paragraph setting for Word 2007 or Word 2010 is 10 points of space after a paragraph and 1.15 line spacing within a paragraph. This is much different than the previous versions of Word. For example, in Word 2003 it was set to zero points after and single line spacing. Let me first start by explaining what is a point. You are used to points every time you change the font size (example Arial 12 points). What you might not know is that 72 points equals 1 inch. So 10 points is 0.1388888888888889 inches. Got it, great, I’m glad you asked how many inches are in 10 points. Alright, so what happens every time you hit the enter key in Word now is that the insertion point will move down 10 points. Of course you can change that distance by changing the points after as you will see in my following screen shots.

The first screen shot you see here is a dialog box of the default paragraph settings.

Word 2010 Paragraph Dialog Box 10 points

To open this, click the tiny arrow pointing down in the corner of the Paragraph group of the Home tab in either Word 2007 or Word 2010.

Let’s now look at a document with the default settings.

Word 2010 10 points paragraph spacing document

The following screenshot I changed the Word document example to zero points after using the Page Layout tab–>Paragraph group–>after section.

Word 2010 Paragraph Dialog Box 0 points after

This final screenshot has what zero points after and single spacing looks like.

Word 2010 0 points paragraph after and single line spacing

I hope that this post helped out.

About Steve Chase

I'm a proud husband and dad to 4 boys! Microsoft Certified Trainer and Boy Scout Leader are some of things I call myself. The Cincinnati Reds are my favorite team! When not outdoors, I enjoy working with documents in Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Visio and Photoshop. My wife, Erin, shares her awesome recipes on her blog at 5dollardinners.com.
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