{spacing} is about both horizontal and vertical white space, e.g. space between letters or words, or space between paragraphs. For adjusting the space between the lines of a document, use {line-spacing} or -- if your question is specifically about the package of the same name -- {setspace}.

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When should I use intersentence spacing (`\@')?

I've got a sentence that ends on an acronym: blah blah WORD. Next sentence blah Running this through chktex, I'm informed that: Warning 13 in ./file.tex line 9: Intersentence spacing (`\@') ...
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Double space between sentences.

I've been reading a question on spaces between sentences on a sister site. The answers there seem to imply that the days of double spacing between sentences are over, and that this was a relic of the ...
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Vertical spacing of a table cell

I want to tabulate formulas, but I find that the lines of the table cells are too close together, and this is aesthetically unsatisfactory. Example (formulae copied from wikipedia): ...
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Remove space after figure and before text

I have a figure in my paper (I am using IEEEtran package). After this figure there exists a space between the figure and the text. How can I reduce the size of this white space. To be specific the ...
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PGFplot to occupy full \linewidth, and aligned y=axis across tikzpicture

How do I get the tikzpicture to occupy the full \linewidth, and also have the left and right axis aligned? I suspect that some \phantom spacing applied to the tick labels will do the trick, but don't ...
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Is there a way to control whitespace around a TikZ picture?

When I draw a tikzpicture that includes paths, I get quite a bit of extra whitespace added around the elements of the picture. Depending on the elements the figure contains, this can work out in some ...
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Why should I put a ~ before \ref or \cite?

My question is in the title of this post, but extends to other referencing commands like \eqref, \citep, \citet (and the like) as well.
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Removing spaces between “words” in math mode

I'd like to set $1024 \times 768$ without any space between the three items. Is this possible? If so, how? E.g., what I get is: 1024 x 768 and what I want is: 1024x768
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How to make a command completely empty / invisible / non-existent?

I have a command like \newcommand{\todo}[1]{#1} which I sometimes replace by: \newcommand{\todo}[1]{} In terms of spacing/whitespace, the behavior of the "empty" command is as follows: Test. ...
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How to change the interword spacing?

I'm trying to enlarge the interword spacing, because with ITC Kabel's default spacing it's sometimes hard to decide where is the space between two words. I read the manual of the microtype package, ...
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How can I change the whitespace above and below math displays?

I'm looking to squeeze an article written in LaTeX with amsmath to a set number of pages. In the text, I have a number of numbered math displays which I refer to throughout. However, they take up ...
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Too much whitespace before lists when changing the \parskip length

I have the following in my preamble: \addtolength{\parskip}{\baselineskip} \setlength{\parindent}{0 pt} Now there is too much whitespace before an enumerate list environment, in the example I have ...
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Why is \parskip zero inside a minipage?

This question was originally entitled "inconsistent paragraph spacing with \parskip inside minipage" as the MWE below shows. But I found the answer at How to preserve the same parskip in minipage, ...
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abovedisplayskip vs abovedisplayshortskip

What is the difference between these two? http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/TeX/abovedisplayskip http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/TeX/abovedisplayshortskip I don't know why, but it seems to work unusually. ...
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Increasing paragraph indentation in KOMA script

The default parindent in KOMA scrartcl is too small for me. I remember reading somewhere that just changing \parindent directly is not wise, since it also affects other things (like itemize etc). And ...
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How to modify spacing around quotation environment?

I am almost there in my quest to reproduce the rather compact layout of the book I'm translating... one thing to go, though: I successfully used the enumitem package to modify the vertical and ...
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How to extend the text under summation symbol without making extra space

I want to get the following: I tried the following \[ a(i,k) \leftarrow \min\Big\{0, r(k,k) + \sum_{i^{'} | i^{'}\notin \{i,k\}}\max\{0, r(i{'},k)\}\Big\} \] and got How can I make the ...
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Spurious space above align environment at top of page/minipage

It seems that the align environment adds additional vertical space if it starts at the top of a page or minipage. Below are two pages, and two minipages (on Page 1), where the first page/minipage has ...
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How do I eliminate the vertical realignment when using arrayrulecolor with cmidrule?

I'm using consecutive \cmidrule commands in conjunction with \arrayrulecolor to alternately hide and unhide horizontal rules in a table. However, when \arrayrulecolor is used with \cmidrule, some odd ...
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How can I auto adjust a equation to appear in the entire page? (Scale to equations, is this exist?)

If I have a document like this: \documentclass[landscape, 12pt]{report} \usepackage[landscape]{geometry} \usepackage[utf8x]{inputenc} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{amsmath, amssymb, ...
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\hspace vs. \hspace*

After trying both commands, I noticed that \hspace* opposite to \hspace will insert a space over the end of the line. So I was wondering if someone could explain how that works and also when to use ...
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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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Phantom spaces in listings (pdf)

I have a problem with SQL code in a PDF document. For code representation I'm using the listings package. Everything works perfect until I copy-paste that code from the created PDF document. I get ...
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Ensure minimal length of last line

This question led to a new feature in a package: impnattypo One rule in French typography is that the last line of a paragraph should not be shorter than the double of the indentation of the ...
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Multiple letters without spacing in Math [duplicate]

Is there something I can add to the preamble of my document such that multiple letters without spacing in a Math environment (such as $NP$) do not have extra spacing between them and are not ...
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How to put two minipages side-by-side, which use 100 % of the text width?

In draft-mode a black marker indicates that the reserved space is too low. This also appears in the following example, but it shouldn't. How can I put two minipages exactly side-by-side? ...
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How to replace all pictures by white rectangles?

I have a long document (800 pages) with lots of pictures (300 pictures). I have to produce a version of this document without the pictures (for copyright reasons). The solution I have found so far is ...
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Oversized \underbrace's label causes unwanted spacing

Consider this: \left( x-1 \right) \underbrace{ \left( ? \right) }_{ \text{what is this?} } The label is longer than the braced portion, which causes unwanted space between the parentheses. Is ...
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\intextsep gives doubled space

If a float (black box) follows my {example} environment (gray left line) the skip between them is too big. I guess it’s twice \baselineskip but it should be only one \baselineskip plus some glue. It ...
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Extra space for numbered titles in table of contents

Background A manual with chapters, sections, subsections, and sub-subsections. Using KOMA Script v2. Problem The spacing between the heading title and its number is too close to the number in some ...
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A \boxed alternative with nicer spacing?

I like using \boxed to emphasize my answers in homework problem sets. However, whenever I use superscripts/exponents inside the box, the box becomes taller than it seems it should. This causes two ...
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Space length between the chapter number and the chapter title

How can I learn the horizontal distance between the chapter number and the chapter title both in ToC and the body text where I use \documentclass[12pt,reqno]{book}. Which keys hold these values?
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unnecessary white space in tikz picture after using \tkzInterLC[R]

After adding the last line of code to my tikzpicture I have a large white space between the text and the picture. I don't know what causes the problem. I've already looked at similar questions, but ...
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\vspace vs. \vskip

What is the difference between \vspace{-1em} and \vskip -1em, for example? I guess the first is LaTeX, and the latter is TeX. When is the proper time to use one and not the other, and why?
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Making a LaTeX document appear as though it were typeset in MS Word

I am typesetting a document in LaTeX for which I have been given exact specifications that are intended for an MS Word-processed document (single-sided, single-spaced, 0.75 inch margins, no more than ...
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Spacing before and after section titles

I know this subject has been mentioned before, but I'm still having a problem in creating a space under a section title. I used the titlesec package and then tried using the command ...
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How can I modify vertical space between figure and caption?

\documentclass{article} \usepackage[draft]{graphicx} \begin{document} \begin{figure} \centering \setlength\fboxsep{124pt} \setlength\fboxrule{1pt} \fbox{\includegraphics{dummy}} \caption{Dummy ...
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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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How can I inject the proper amount of vertical space between captions and figures?

In my source document, I have an image and a code listing, separated by some text. When I generate PDF using pdflatex, the image is just above the listing, and it looks like the caption for the image ...
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Global setting of spacing between items in itemize environment for beamer

I'd like to modify the spacing between items in the itemize environment. This post shows how to modify a specific itemize environment (\addtolength{\itemsep}{0.5\baselineskip}). However, I'd like to ...
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Random unwanted space between paragraphs

I generate LaTeX code from XML for a book I'm writing, using pdflatex (Version 3.1415926-1.40.10 (Web2C 2009)) and memoir. Very infrequently, there appears to be an extra blank line between two ...
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Spacing between triple vertical lines

I would like to create a norm-like operator with 3 verticals bars instead of two. It has to look like $|||\cdot|||$. I would like to know how to decrease the spacing between the vertical bars such ...
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Better automatic spacing of differential d?

This question was basically about whether the differential d should be upright or italicized, not about how to achieve that in tex. However, this useful answer did suggest something like the following ...
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Reduce white space around TikZ picture?

Is there a simple way to reduce the amount of white space around the TikZ in the MWE pasted below (in particular in the x direction)? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xcolor} \usepackage{tikz} ...
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Proper way of vertical spacing before/after environments

I am trying to typeset my thesis. I have to put predefined vertical space before and after some specific environments like equation and table. Since there are many instances of these environments I do ...
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Looking for an \ignorespacesandpars

Is there an analogue of \ignorespaces which will also ignore the following \pars?
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Reduce the space between a quotation and a title

When I use the quotation environment at the start of a section I get too much space between the title and the start of the quotation. How to modify spacing around quotation environment? has ways to ...
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Different vertical spacing (parskip) between concurrent section titles and paragraphs

I'm trying to remove the spacing between section headings, but maintain the paragraph to section heading spacing. Even though I set titlespacing before and after to *0, there is still spacing - quite ...
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Get the size that a figure is being rendered

Suppose I have a figure in my LaTeX document: \begin{figure} \includegraphics[scale=0.5]{some_graphic} \end{figure} My question is pretty simple: Is there a way to get the size that some_graphic ...
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Brace and text in side margin

Within a text, I would like to emphasize one or two paragraphs by placing a curly brace in the left side margin, and next to it some short text vertically centred around the brace's centre. The ...