Take the 2-minute tour ×
TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I would like to typeset a draft of my document with double linespacing so that my collaborators have space to write in their edits (with a pen). How do I do it?

share|improve this question
While for your case it doesn't seem to be crucial, this is a highly interesting question on the same topic: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/13742/… –  doncherry Jul 30 '11 at 9:22

3 Answers 3

up vote 33 down vote accepted

The setspace package does it for you, but it turns doublespacing off within footnotes and floats like figure and table captions. That's usually desired.

But if you don't want to use setspace, perhaps because of the mentioned reason, you could use the command \linespread, for instance:


A package may be preferred over such a command though.

share|improve this answer
\linespread is also useful for fonts with large x-height (large lower case letters) to avoid the visual appearance of cramped pages. E.g. when using the Palatino font (\usepackage{mathpazo}), \linespread{1.05} is appropriate. –  lockstep Aug 8 '10 at 22:59
Why would a package be preferred over \linespread? –  brita_ Jan 22 at 21:02
According to this: tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=linespace "setspace switches off double-spacing at places where even the most die-hard official would doubt its utility (footnotes, figure captions, and so on); it’s very difficult to do this consistently if you’re manipulating \baselinestretch yourself." –  brita_ Jan 23 at 0:32

Simple: put

% or:

into your preamble. (TeX-FAQ advises for setspace and against doublespace.)

share|improve this answer
Provide additionally the option doublespacing: \usepackage[doublespacing]{setspace}. –  Stefan Kottwitz Aug 2 '10 at 17:01
again, one needs to make sure he/she knows what he/she meant by "double linespacing", doublespacing, or anything that is called slightly different and means different things, or called identical and means different things, and read this topic on doublespacing. –  YIchun Nov 1 '11 at 7:01

The simplest possible way is probably by using the plain TeX macro \openup

E.g. if you want double line spacing, add a single line-height to the line spacing (1em) using:

\openup 1em

(don't use any braces around the argument, the macro takes its argument as if you had written \openup=1em, i.e. an assignment of a dimension).j

Following that macro's invocation all lines will have a single line's height extra to separate them, later on you can revert this effect by giving the negative argument:

\openup -1em

This macro works by increasing (\advance) the three parameters (\lineskip, \baselineskip and \lineskiplimit) that govern line spacing by the given amount. It's defined in plain.tex if you want to have a look at it.

share|improve this answer
Or you can write \baselineskip=2\baselineskip directly –  Mafra Jul 30 '11 at 20:55

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.