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If you’re writing an essay using the APA guidelines, your text will need to be double-spaced. You can apply double-spacing to text in Google Docs (and save it as the default style) in just a few clicks.

How to Double-space the Current Google Doc

To apply double-spacing to the text in your current Google Docs document, first, select the text. You can do this by clicking and dragging your cursor over the text. To quickly select all text, use the “Ctrl+A” (“Command+A” on Mac) keyboard shortcut.

The text is highlighted blue when selected.

Select text by clicking and dragging your cursor over it.

Next, click the “Line Spacing” icon (an arrow and three lines) in the toolbar.

In the drop-down menu that appears, click “Double.”

Click "Double" in the drop-down menu.

The selected text is now double-spaced.

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How to Set “Double Space” as the Default

If you frequently use double-spaced line spacing, you can set it as the default style for new documents in Google Docs. To do so, open a Google Doc file that already has double-spacing applied, or go ahead and apply it now.

Next, click “Format” in the menu bar.

Click "Format" in the Google Docs menu bar.

A drop-down menu will appear. Hover your cursor over the “Paragraph Styles” option. A sub-menu will appear. Hover your cursor over “Options” at the bottom of the menu.

Hover your cursor over Paragraph Style and click Options.

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Another sub-menu will appear. Here, click “Save as my Default Styles.”

Click "Save as my Default Styles."

Now, when you create a new document in Google Docs, the default line spacing will be double-spaced. For documents that already exist, however, you’ll need to manually apply double-spacing.

That’s all there is to it. Whether for an essay in APA style, for a teacher who insists on double-spacing, or for personal preference alone, your document is now double-spaced. All that’s left to do now is share it!

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Marshall Gunnell
Marshall Gunnell is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer at LINE Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, runs ITEnterpriser, a data-storage and cybersecurity-focused online media, and plays with development, with his RAID calculator being his first public project.
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