I am trying to increase the spacing between paragraphs, using

\setlength{\parskip}{\baselineskip}

and it seems to work fine -- except it also increases the spacing of lines in the table of contents etc.

I tried the following as a workaround:

\begin{spacing}{1}
\listoftodos % Remove this for the final document
\tableofcontents
\listoffigures
\listoftables
\printnomenclature
\end{spacing}

but that didn't fix the problem.

My question is: Is there any way I can increase the spacing between paragraphs only for the actual body of the document and not anywhere else (TOC, etc.)

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## marked as duplicate by Seamus, doncherry, Joseph Wright♦Nov 8 '11 at 7:55

@Seamus: Thanks for the reply, but this is more of a paragraph spacing issue rather than a line spacing one, so unless I am not seeing the obvious I don't think my question is a duplicate. – Hamza Nov 7 '11 at 16:22
I should've checked first ... possible duplicate of tex.stackexchange.com/questions/42/…. Also, welcome to TeX.sx! :) And a side note: Usually, we don't put a greeting or a "thank you" in our posts. While this might seem strange at first, it is not a sign of lack of politeness, but rather part of our trying to keep everything very concise. Upvoting is the preferred way here to say "thank you" to users who helped you. – doncherry Nov 7 '11 at 16:38
@Hamza Ah yes. sorry. See doncherry's comment. I flagged this as a duplicate of the wrong question. I don't know how that happened... – Seamus Nov 7 '11 at 16:45

Use \usepackage{parskip}. This package also removes the indentation at the beginning of paragraphs, which usually is desired when you're adding space between the paragraphs. If I recall correctly, this package is superior to tampering with \parskip because it leaves footnote spacing unaltered, but don't pin me down on this one.

The package setspace, which provides the spacing environment, is for line-spacing, i.e. space between two successive lines of text within the same paragraph.

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This is exactly what I was after, Thanks for the solution! – Hamza Nov 7 '11 at 16:30

Either use package parskip:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\usepackage{parskip}
\begin{document}
\tableofcontents
\blinddocument
\end{document}

that supports smart switching to paragraph separation instead of paragraph indent for classes, that does not support this itself, or switch to a class, that supports it:

\documentclass[parskip=full]{scrartcl}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\begin{document}
\tableofcontents
\blinddocument
\end{document}

If you don't like both suggestions, you may use a toc package like tocstyle:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\usepackage{tocstyle}
\usetocstyle{standard}
\setlength{\parskip}{\baselineskip}
\begin{document}
\tableofcontents
\blinddocument
\end{document}

or reset \parskip at start of the toc:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\setlength{\parskip}{\baselineskip}