How To Stop Google Docs From Double Spacing

Google Docs is a versatile and handy tool for creating, editing, and sharing documents online. However, you might find yourself annoyed with its line spacing defaults, especially if you prefer single spacing to the standard double spacing. In this blog post, we will guide you on how to stop Google Docs from double spacing. It’s a simple process that will take just a few steps.

Method 1: Adjusting the line spacing in your document

The first and straightforward way to stop Google Docs from double spacing is by adjusting the line spacing in your document. Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Open your document in Google Docs.

  2. Select the text where you want to change the line spacing. You can press Ctrl + A to select all the text in the document.

  3. Click on the Format tab in the toolbar at the top of the page.

  4. Hover over Line spacing in the dropdown menu, and a submenu will appear.

  5. Out of the options presented, select Single.

And that’s it! Your text should now be single spaced.

Method 2: Setting the default line spacing

If you want every new document to start with single spacing, you can set this as your default. Here’s how:

  1. Open a new google document.

  2. Type something and then select it.

  3. Click on the Format tab in the toolbar.

  4. Hover over Line spacing and in the dropdown select Single.

  5. Now, go to File, then Save as Default.

This will make every new document you create in Google Docs use single spacing by default.


Google Docs is a fantastic tool, but its default double spacing can be a nuisance for some users. Fortunately, changing this setting is quick and easy. Whether you want to adjust the line spacing for a specific document or set single spacing as your default for all new documents, Google Docs has you covered.