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Hello I have a LaTeX document and I want to set the space betwen the lines. Normally I would use \linespread, but this command will change also the space between lines of footnotes and I do not want that. So, is there any command that can change the space between lines of text, excluding the footnote text?

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It's generally not advisable to use \linespread to change line spacing for this reason. The normal way is to use the setspace package. This makes footnotes single spaced by default. See also this question.

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I was just going to write the same answer. The documentation of setspace exists only inside the .sty file, so here the three spacing macros available: \singlespacing, \onehalfspacing and \doublespacing. Just load the package and use them. –  Martin Scharrer Feb 20 '11 at 20:57
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So was I. :-) @alban: For "custom" spacing use e.g. \setstretch{1.2}. –  lockstep Feb 20 '11 at 21:00
    
thank you, actually i am trying to install the package, mitex is not finding it. thanks angain –  user3726 Feb 20 '11 at 21:06
    
I hadn't remembered that. It's kind of annoying for such a widely used package (especially here in the U.S. where theses are almost always required to be double spaced) has no simple documentation. –  Alan Munn Feb 20 '11 at 21:08
    
@Alan: Someone should just convert it to a DTX and upload it to CTAN. The license should give you the right. –  Martin Scharrer Feb 20 '11 at 21:11
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