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I know that by \renewcommand{\baselinestretch}{number} it is possible to change the line distances, but it would also change the footnote distances.

How can I only change the line distances in the main text? I think there should be some changes in macros of \@footnote or some thing like this. Any idea?

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do not change the value of \baselinestretch. Use package setspace instead:



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For those using Memoir class: \setstretch{1.25} will give an error: no (big) problem!
Just add the line \DisemulatePackage{setspace} before \usepackage{setspace}:


The above worked for me.
(Thanks to another contributor for this hint with Memoir class.)

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The memoir class has a different command for setting the baseline stretch; for instance, 1.25 exactly corresponds to \OnehalfSpacing – egreg Dec 17 '14 at 13:23

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