Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Is there a way to adjust the spacing between list elements in Word 2010?

I can apply a style to the list, and then edit the style, and edit the spacing before and after the element, but this applies to the list, not the list element.

There are no styles I can see which can be applied to a list element allowing the spacing between list elements to be adjusted.

If I select 1 list element, and then adjust the spacing before or after in the Page Layout tab, this applies to the whole list, not the list element, which defeats the purpose.

share|improve this question
up vote -1 down vote accepted

I think what you are looking for is Line Spacing option.

Select all the list elements. Then in the Home tab under paragraph section, to the left of the paint bucket you'll see the Line Spacing button. In it there are values like 1, 1.5, 2... Select a value from it or you can set a custom value also.

share|improve this answer
Thanks Nufail... – Steve Sep 5 '11 at 4:12

Use the after (or before) spacing in the paragraph section rather than the line spacing, that way you won't alter the spacing within each list item:

Right click on the style -> modify style -> click format -> click paragraph (it's in the spacing section with 0pt 0pt etc.) Don't forget to un-check "Don’t add space between paragraphs of the same style" for this to work.

share|improve this answer
This answer is more correct, but you have to remember to un-check "Don’t add space between paragraphs of the same style". – JVimes Sep 11 '13 at 17:33

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.