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I am a newbie to LaTeX. I noticed that my document is almost a page longer in Word compared to LaTeX. (~7.25 in latex, ~8.25 in Word). This seems to be because my Word document has 23 lines per page, where my LaTeX document has 27. I think the margins are the same (I set them to be, but haven't measured them).

The beginning of my document looks like this:

\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage[margin=1.25in,top=1in,bottom=1in]{geometry}
\usepackage{textcomp}
\usepackage{setspace}
\doublespacing

...and that's pretty much all the formatting I have.

Is the default "double spacing" in LaTeX/setspace smaller than Word? How can I manually adjust this (in LaTeX)?

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related: tex.stackexchange.com/q/82914/14100 –  Scott H. Nov 26 '12 at 1:52
    
May I ask why you want to compare Word with LaTeX layout? I do not know the margin in the english word, but in the German Word version it is 2,5 cm above, 2 cm below. Not a good typography ... –  Kurt Nov 26 '12 at 2:11
    
Best not to adjust, as it will produce an inferior document. Consider the better typography and help save the environment by saving on paper. If you still want to have similarity use the geometry package. –  Yiannis Lazarides Nov 26 '12 at 2:11
    
I'm in the US, and Word uses margins in inches here. I don't think a 1.25in side margin looks so bad (compared to default 1in). The double spacing in Word does look bad, and I won't be using it. This is primarily for my own edification. –  Jeff Nov 26 '12 at 2:20
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related, possibly a duplicate: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/13742/…. Besides, the difference in the number of pages may also come from different fonts, different hyphenation (LaTeX seems to be more efficient), different kerning ... –  doncherry Nov 26 '12 at 2:47
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This is (mainly) because the \doublespacing that is the equivalent to \setstretch{1.667} is not the exact equivalent to the double lines in Word.

To reduce 27 to 23 lines you can use:

\usepackage{setspace}
\setstretch{2}

Or simpler:

\linespread{2} % without any package.

Same effect:

\baselineskip=29pt %in the body of the document

With lineno you can test quickly this settings:

\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\usepackage[margin=1.25in,top=1in,bottom=1in]{geometry}
\linespread{2} 
\usepackage{lineno}
\linenumbers
\begin{document}
\lipsum[1-10]
\end{document}
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