{line-spacing} is about adjusting the space between the lines of a document. A popular package is {setspace}.

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Double line spacing

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?
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What does 'double spacing' mean?

I think I know the meanings of \baselineskip, \lineskip and \lineskiplimit in TeX, I also know \baselineskip, \baselinestretch, \linespread and the second argument of \fontsize in LaTeX. However, I ...
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Grid System in LaTeX

I'd like to typeset documents using the 'Grid system' of page layout. Good examples are on pages 40-53 of this document. The textpos package is helpful for this, but two additional features would be ...
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How to keep a constant baselineskip when using minipages (or \parboxes)?

When a minipage is used to box a text paragraph, the first line of the minipaged text and the last line of the previous text paragraph are closer than two consecutive lines in a standard text ...
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What exactly is leading?

Wikipedia: In typography, leading ( /ˈlɛdɪŋ/) refers to the distance between the baselines of successive lines of type. By this definition, isn't it the same thing as line height? But in ...
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Why exactly is \linespread{1.05} appropriate for Palatino?

Section 1.4 of l2tabu, Changing inter-line space using \baselinestretch, contains a remark about the Palatino font: [I]f you only want to use fonts other than Computer Modern you may use ...
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How can I increase the line spacing in a matrix?

I'm trying to create a pmatrix whose components are rather complicated fractions (Christoffel symbols), and the line spacing is too small making the whole thing a bit cramped and hard to read. Is ...
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Why is the linespread factor as it is?

The blog post Quick note on line spacing discusses line spacing and it says To change the line spacing for the entire document, you can use the linespread command in your preamble: ...
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How do I ask LaTeX to exactly fill up a page?

I understand that I can control interline spacing in LaTeX in a number of ways. The commands like \baselineskip, \baselinestretch, \linespread come in handy in controlling the interline spacing. Each ...
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Vertical alignment in table: m-column, row size - problem in last column

Unfortunatly, I have a problem with m-columns (array package) in tables with adjusted row height. Somehow in the last column (only there) the text is not centered vertically. Check it out: ...
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Source of “correct” baselinestretch values for various fonts?

I once encountered the advice to use \renewcommand\baselinestretch{1.025} after \usepackage{bera} (though I am not 100% certain that 1.025 was the suggested value). There's little doubt to my ...
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How to format an inline source code

I have a document where I quiet often refer to source code element, such as class names, I wanted to format these strings differently, but at the beginning I didn't want to fiddle with various options ...
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Poor leading in titles

Here's an example of terrible (and non-constant) leading in titles that is causing me trouble: \documentclass[a4paper, 12pt]{memoir} \usepackage{fontspec} ...
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Spurious Vertical Space Introduced by multicols (Additional Case)

This seems to be a duplicate of Spurious [?] vertical space introduced by multicols, but the solution from there does not seen to work for me. Basically I want the case of using multicols to not ...
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Reducing spacing after headings

I've searched many sites but I couldn't get any answer. Here is this mystical question: How can i reduce the spacing after headings? Here is my code. \documentclass[12pt,a4paper]{article} ...
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How to change the line spacing in my list of figures?

I am using the book documentclass and have a list of figures. After much trouble I noticed that there is a blank line to separate figures that are in different chapters, but not if they are within the ...
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Confusion: \onehalfspacing vs. \spacing vs. Word vs. the world?

I have to write a paper with the requirement to use "1.5 line spacing" 12pt Times New Roman. Naturally I used \usepackage{setspace} \begin{document} \onehalfspacing Lorem ipsum… So far so good. But ...
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Intertext vertical spacing

How do I reduce the vertical spacing of \intertext?
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How to make formulae take equal vertical space in the align environment?

Consider the following code: \begin{align} f_1(x) &= \frac{15x}{3} \\ f_2(x) &= 3x + 5 \\ f_3(x) &= 4x + 13 \end{align} This produces three lines where the first line takes up more ...
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Finely control line spacing when already using the setspace package?

I'm using setspace to double-space an article (as it's widely known, this package behaves more intelligently than \linespread, Double line spacing alread covers the details). \usepackage{setspace} ...
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How to change spaces between items in Table of Contents

Is it possible to get it without using package titletoc? I'm using special chapter style which doesn't work with this package.
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Temporarily increase line spacing

How do I temporarily increase line spacing? I have some text on my title page: \begin{center} { \Large \textbf{The Great Thesis About Some Very Great Things Indeed With a Pretty Long Title That Will ...
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Changing ALL spacing in a TeX document

I'm taking an exam and I'm allowed a two side page with information on it. Naturally I want to put as much as possible on it so: What are all the spaces that I can change to fit as much information ...
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Inconsistent line spacing

If I type something like this: {\itshape\LARGE Dunt venim dolorerosto do odit ametum vulla conum dolore conulput in vero od el Dunt venim dolorerosto do odit ametum vulla conum dolore ...
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Determine height of the line you are in

Is there a way in PDFLaTeX to determine the height of the line you are in? Maybe something similar to PDFsavepos. In a normal line (i.e. no heading etc.), you might approximate the height by a fixed ...
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Creating a custom songbook with the songs package

Friends, I usually create songbooks with the help of songs package (I guess the CTAN version is a little old, the newest one can be downloaded from here). Consider the follow example (taken from the ...
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Change line spacing inside the document

This is my code \documentclass[12pt,a4paper]{book} \renewcommand{\baselinestretch}{1.5} \begin{document} \include{Chapter1} \end{document} I have please a question: I would change the line ...
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Line spacing inside quote environment

I use the setspace package to set double spacing throughout the document. It also sets double spacing inside the quote environment. But, I want one half space inside the quote environment. How can ...
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How do I double-space my abstract in LaTeX?

I'm finishing up my undergrad thesis, and I have to double-space my abstract. I tried using \begin{doublespace} and \doublespacing, but neither have worked, I assume because the abstract environment ...
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Anchors/coordinates inside a node's text

The plot Using tikz, I have a main node containing several (three) lines of text, and three "legend" nodes that point to them. If I use a rectangle node, then I can't access the positions of the ...
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Layout guidelines not exactly a multiple of \baselineskip

Many conferences in my area require that papers be submitted on letter paper (8.5" x 11") with 1" margins and a 12pt leading. So we end up with 9" for text. (I'm sure there's a name for that, but it ...
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Is changing \lineskiplimit to some negative value a good idea, and what the value might be?

I'm writing a (large) document using Linux Libertine for text and Asana for math. I have a 11pt font with \baselineskip=14pt. However, not so seldom it happens that the default settings of ...
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Defining variants of \small and \large that use \normalsize's line spacing

As a partial workaround for grid typesetting, I'd like to define variants of \small and \large that behave like their standard counterparts except that they use the line spacing of \normalsize. I know ...
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How to do grid typesetting with amsmath?

Following the advice in the answer to this question, I did set a huge negative \lineskiplimit. However, it turned out that align got quite upset about this. So my question is: what would you ...
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Rhythm: different values for parskip and baselineskip in scrartcl

I am writing some small demo files, each trying to implement a specific advice from Bringhurst's Elements of Typograhpic Style. He recommends to keep the vertical rhythm of the page, and to return to ...
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How can I change the footnote line (thickness, length)

I am using pdflatex and just want to know how to change the footnote line (thickness, length). Besides that: How can I set the distance between text-lines in the text.
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setspace and quoting environment result in superfluous empty line

I was trying to set up the quoting environment by the package of the same name, which included single line spacing for block quotes as opposed to one and a half line spacing for normal text. The ...
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Equations and Double Spacing

If a document (in any class) is double spaced, how do you redefine the spacing around centered equations as if there was single spacing? Whenever I use double spacing, I feel like the space before and ...
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Strange line spacing effects in longtabu

I got some strange effect with longtabu: As you can see the line with λ seems to be closer to the above line than to the one below of it. I cant’t figure out why … This is the code with which I ...
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Where does whitespace between two consecutive lines come from?

I'm trying to get a "contact sheet" where identically sized boxes are laid out next to each other without any whitespace. As my goal is to use this in a generated document, and as the number of items ...
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What is the difference between \fontsize{…}{some length} and \linespread{some length}?

I notice that the second argument to \fontsize and the first argument to \linespread both seem to change the spacing between lines of text. What is the difference between these? Is there one I should ...
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Drawing a background grid based on \linespread value

I’m trying to help a friend set an Arabic book in LaTeX and I’m facing this very same uneven line spacing issue (except that the book is completely in Arabic). Now I’m trying to find the \linespread ...
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Tighter-spaced bulleted list should have ordinary line spacing to paragraphs/lines above and below

To get tighter line spacing (my document's main spacing is 1.5-spacing, and I'm using memoir), I normally use a self-defined "tight list" (tightlist in the code below). This works well. However I ...
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Controlling space after heading when doublespaced

I'm writing a document with both doublespaced and singlespaced sections. I'm using the setspace package to do the doublespacing and the koma-script report class for the document. In the double spaced ...
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How to (automatically) determine a visually appealing line spread?

I'm writing a "larger" document with a lot of mathematics. Occasionally, I use a notation like p \xrightarrow{\mathcal A^X} q which produces tall lines. LaTeX increases the line spread for those ...
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Place TikZ coordinate or \zlabel at every (base)line

I'm currently adjusting the code shown in Test if a paragraph has a page break in it? to support underlining and highlighting using TikZ similar as shown in Cool Text Highlighting in LaTeX, but ...
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How does one stop automatic line spacing increases when typesetting tall math symbols?

Often when typesetting mathematics, one wants to use math symbols in line. When these are certain symbols, or more often, decorated symbols, whose height is sufficiently large, the line spacing (that ...
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The gap between two double-spaced footnotes is too large. How can I fix

I have to have footnotes double-spaced, but if I use \begin{doublespace} and \end{doublespace} within footnotes, then the gap between two footnotes becomes too wide. Could anybody fix it? ...
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Change lineskip to fill the available space

Is there a way to change lineskip such that the text fills up a certain space? MWE \documentclass{article} \usepackage{blindtext} \begin{document} \begin{minipage}[c][\textheight]{\linewidth} ...
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Missing baselineskips?

Here are some cases where when there is stuff inside a vbox, the baselineskips are sometimes there and sometimes not. Or maybe it's something else that is producing the differences? \setbox0\vbox{% ...