A text file of a few pages and several paragraphs was read into LibreOffice Writer and needs to be double spaced throughout the document. The sequence:

Format -> paragraph -> Indents & Spacing -> Line spacing -> Double

affects only the paragraph where the cursor is positioned. Searching the web and help has not turned up a way to double space the document. (Although I'm certain I've done it before. Alas, I've got CRS (Can't Remember Stuff) syndrome.)

  • Select all the paragraphs first. Then right click > format paragraph ...
    – DavidPostill
    Jul 5 '16 at 16:49

How can I double space a document in LibreOffice?

  1. Select all the paragraphs (ctrl+a)

  2. Right click and select "Paragraph"

  3. Select "Indents & Spacing"

  4. Set "Line Spacing" to "Double" and click "OK"

  5. Change "Below paragraph" as well if you want extra spacing between paragraphs.

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    Changing the (default) style is IMHO the better option - otherwise, after inserting a new heading and a new text paragraph afterwards, the text paragraph will have normal spacing (i assume).
    – tohuwawohu
    Jul 5 '16 at 17:18
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    <shrug>. OP didn't say he was going to add more text to the document.
    – DavidPostill
    Jul 5 '16 at 17:21
  • OK - no objections :-)
    – tohuwawohu
    Jul 5 '16 at 17:24

Two options...

  1. Brute force... Edit -> Select All, or Ctrl+a, then change the paragraph settings (as you've indicated) to make everything double spaced.

  2. Change the style... Format -> Styles and Formatting (v5.0.x) or View -> Styles and Formatting (v5.1.x), then right-click on the style you use, which applies to the paragraphs (normally Text Body), and change the Indents & Spacing.

  • When I tried method 2, I needed to select all beforehand, or it only worked on one paragraph.
    – GreenMatt
    Jul 5 '16 at 17:17
  • In LibreOffice 5.x, it's Menu View -> Styles and Formatting (or use F11 to bring up the Styles and Formatting box).
    – tohuwawohu
    Jul 5 '16 at 17:22
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    @GreenMatt, you shouldn't need to select all, if you're changing styles. Try changing the "Default Style". I do this a lot, where I have paragraphs separated by headings, tables, and other content, and I can change just the paragraph formatting by changing the style. @tohuwawohu, that's strange, I have a different menu layout, and I'm using LibreOffice (on ubuntu/mint).
    – jehad
    Jul 5 '16 at 17:27
  • In fact, that's strange. I'm using 5.1.x on Ubuntu.
    – tohuwawohu
    Jul 5 '16 at 17:31
  • Maybe it's because you've moved up to the 16.x ubuntu (I'm still on a 14.04 base). I've just upgraded manually to LibreOffice 5.1.x and I can confirm they have changed the menus. In 5.1.x, Styles are indeed under View.
    – jehad
    Jul 5 '16 at 17:36

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