# Different line space in LaTeX for body text and for footnotes

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
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