I'm trying to color the background of some of my headers, but when I have a couple of them right after each other their backgrounds appear to "stick together". It appears this always happens when two consecutive lines have a background. A screenshot of the problem:

What I would actually expect:

(I made this image using an empty line with font size 1 and no line distance between the headers, but this is a very ugly workaround)

And a gif that shows the problem on normal text: http://i.imgur.com/E4w0xmG.gifv

Is there a way to get the backgrounds to separate?


You can add a white border to the paragraphs to get the correct amount of white space that you want after each heading.

  1. As a preliminary step, enter a paragraph in each of the 3 heading styles and then another one in, for example, the style that you use for regular text.
  2. Select all four paragraphs. (This step is important.)
  3. Right-click Heading 1 in the Styles gallery, and click Modify. Click Format > Border. If I want 6 points of space below the heading paragraph, I select 6 pt as the width of the border, and set the color to white. I then select to apply both a bottom and middle border. Settings in the Borders and Shading dialog box

    The border replaces any space after setting on the paragraph style, so I clicked Format > Paragraph and set After to 0.

  4. Repeat step 3 for the Heading 2 and Heading 3 paragraph styles.

Finished headings


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