{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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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 ...
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Color changes cell height in tabular

The following code shows that a \color{red} command increases the height of a tabular cell. I want to use a switch, not a command as \textcolor{red}{text}. \documentclass{article} ...
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Removing a backslash “\” when passing arguments to newcommand

Consider the following minimal example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{glossaries} \makeglossaries \newcommand{\NewS}[4]{ % Q1: How can I use argument #1 without the backslash in the ...
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Shortcut for “vertical space” in LyX

Has someone got an idea what the shortcut is/where I can create one for the \medskip{} command (or any other command, that generates a vertical space in my document)? I looked in ...
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Exchange meaning of : and \colon

I usually use the colon symbol : to denote maps. For set syntax there is the braket package. So as the spacing of : is not appropriate, I want it to behave like \colon. I tried ...
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Spacing issue for newenvironment wrapper of equation environment

If I create a custom environment based on the equation environment, I get a spacing issue: the next line of text after my environment closes doesn't start on the left margin. Example code: ...
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Vertical space before and after align environment

I am wondering if it is possible in LaTeX to generally adjust the spacing before and after math in the align environment from amsmath. From the Mathmode-guide (by Herbert Voss) I gather that ...
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Artificially improving default TeX algo results for balancing interword spacing

I'm trying to build rectangular paragraphs. That is, paragraphs which are both left as well as right aligned. For large paragraphs I can tell TeX I'd like a rectangular end result. Consider the below ...
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Tabs vs spaces in listings: what's the difference and should I care?

This is a follow-up question to Problem with Listings package concerning line breaking and wrong alignment. Why do I experience problems when I copy and paste code inside the lstlisting environment? ...
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Indent Theorem like \hangindent, but for multiple paragraphs

I would like to create a theorem style which indents the theorem exactly like a \hangindent would do, expect that the indention should continue for all paragraphs of the theorem. For example: ...
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Bibliography in LaTeX: Spaces between words

I'm writing the bibliography. LaTeX don't write it well. I don't know why. I have tried the two methods: \begin{the bibliography} and using BiBTeX. The result is the same. The result is longer spaces ...
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unwanted vertical spacing

On some pages of my document LaTeX introduces a lot of spacing between my headline/paragraphs (around 5 times more than usual). What is the reason for this and how can I avoid it? It seems it is ...
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Large negative spaces

I know about \! which creates a thin negative space but is there any native command for large negative spaces (like quad or qquad for positive spaces) ?
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What is the proper use of \@ (i.e., backslash-at)?

In this answer, \@ is used after a period and before an \xspace, presumably to indicate that the preceding period (in "etc.") was not sentence-final. In these tips, \@ is used before a period and ...
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Remove vertical space at start of latex document

I have this test file which is supposed to put Hello there. near the top of the page but it does not work in so far as there is still tons of vertical space at top. How can I fix this? ...
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What is the difference between \vskip and \vspace?

I found myself writing: \vspace 1 \baselineskip and then when not compiling changing without thinking to: \vskip 1 \baselineskip but what is the difference? Perhaps knowing this will make me ...
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Define pretty sets in LaTeX; esp., how to do the condition-separator?

E.g., I have this set: \{ \alpha \in \Sigma^\omega | \exists^\omega n : \alpha [0,n] \notin \Sigma^* a_1 \Sigma^* a_2 \dotsb a_n \Sigma^* \} Here, I use | as the separator for the condition part. ...
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What is the difference in citing/referencing with or without tilde?

I've seen examples referencing a table as follows: Table~\ref{table:overview} shows an overview of all the elements. What is the use of the tilde in front of \ref or \cite and when do you have to ...
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Remove space around bullet points in itemized or enumerated list

How can I reduce the amount of space around items in an itemized or enumerated list? I would like to reduce the vertical space between items, the space to the left of the bullet, and the space ...
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Inserting a small vertical space in a table

Is there a way that I can insert a small space in a table? When I use a superscript, the number touches the \hline. \documentclass[9pt,letterpaper]{article} \usepackage{helvet} ...
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What is the right way to use the `\!` spacing command?

I have noticed that I hardly ever use the \negthinspace command \!. This is because I don't know how to use it properly (I do use other spacing commands quite a bit, because I can better understand ...
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Why does vfill not work inside a beamer column?

I recently tried to set up a quartered page layout in beamer (separate question might follow) and \vfill failed in a column environment. Minimal example: \documentclass{beamer} \begin{document} ...
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Is there such thing as “visual-only whitespace”?

I want to write IBANs and noticed that if I write DE12\,1234\,5678\,9123\,4567\,89 I am getting the half space I would expect but when copy-pasting it, the white space vanishes (as mentioned in ...
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What is the right way to use of non-breakable space before math expressions?

I have seen LaTeX code that puts a ~ between every math expression and the text preceding it, does not use ~ in this manner at all, and uses a ~ in this way if and only if the math expression ...
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Too much space at the top of a beamer block when using multilined math environment

I would like to place two math lines in a beamer block, as two separately centered lines. I know that I could do this using two distinct equation environments, but it would be nicer to use a single ...
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Two rules directly under each other

I'm trying to make two rules of different length (fatness) directly under each other, something like: -------------------- ==================== Where = is a fatter line than -. The vertical space ...
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Reduce spacing in bibliography using biblatex

How can you control (in my case reduce) the spacing of the bibliography in biblatex? I used to use \begin{spacing}{0.9} \bibliographystyle{plain} \bibliography{refs} \end{spacing} and ...
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How to get less spacing in math mode

LaTeX commands like this: Here again, four different simulations are run on networks of size $C^{G} = 25 \times\ 25 = 625$, $C^{G} = 50 \times\ 50 = 2500$, $C^{G} = 250 \times\ 250 = 62500$, and ...
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Distance between chapter title and text

In my scrreprt I've changed distance between paragraphs with \setlength{\parskip}{9pt}. But \parskip changes also distance between chapter title and the paragraph. How can I change distance between ...
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Fixed-width interword space

I would like to typeset post--World War II with what Adobe InDesign calls a "quarter space". The en-dash is there to be wider than a normal space, to clarify the constituent structure ([post-[[World ...
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When to use \, { } or ~ to prohibit gobbling of a space following a macro

There are various ways to ensure that a space after a macro is not gobbled and wondering how to decide which one to use. Are there cases where it matters which solution is used. ...
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How do I write $\sim$ approximately with the correct spacing?

I would like to use the symbol $\sim$ as "approximately". e.g: \documentclass{minimal} \begin{document} There are $\sim 10^{80}$ atoms in the universe. \end{document} I think that I need to declare ...
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\mathrel conflict with \left,\right,\middle

I refer to this question and particularly to this answer. I defined \set by \usepackage{mathtools} ... \DeclarePairedDelimiterX\set[2]{\{}{\}}{#1 \mathrel{\delimsize|} #2} where ...
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Microtype and quote environment leads to different indent of first line

When the microtype package is loaded a quote environment which starts with punctuation marks is inconsistent "indented". The first line in the following minimal example is unaffected, i.e. at the same ...
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Best practice for typesetting quantifiers?

When I work with quantifiers I noted that are very close to the other symbols and the result does not look good, for example $\exists a\in\mathbb{R}\exists b\in\mathbb{R}\forall c\in\mathbb{R}\forall ...
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How can I add a subtitle to a section title?

I'd like to do this for some of my sections but not all. I'd also like to maintain the current spacing; for example, if the vspacing is 1cm from section title to body text (at 100% zoom), then I'd ...
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Avoid just nearly filled last lines

Old school typesetters never allowed the last line of a paragraph to be just nearly filled. Either it would be clearly shorter than the other lines or it would be stretched to align with the right ...
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hyphenation next to a parenthesis

I have some very special hyphenation puzzles involving optional hyphens next to parentheses. (semi)group should be hyphenated as (semi-)/group di[rected ]graph should be hyphenated as di-/[rected ...
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Length between nested lists in beamer

How do I adjust the length between nested lists? For example, in the following, I would like to adjust the distance where it states "distance here" \begin{itemize} \item one %% distance here ...
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List of figures: numbers overlap image caption

I have many images in a part of my document, now the list of figures numbers collide with its respective image caption as seen below. There would be enough space to move the text a bit more to the ...
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Punctuation in equations

My document will contain a lot of equations, and as usual in that case I would like to use "punctuation" in the equations, like commas, colons, periods/full stops, semicolons, etc. Is there a special ...
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How to decrease spacing before chapter title?

I want to decrease the vertical space between the top of the page and the chapter heading. I have tried to follow the instructions for titlesec but I am not successful. I have tried the following two ...
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How to control the space allotted for a signature in letter documents?

I want to type my name in block capitals and in italics in the space highlighted in the blackbox, but I can't seem to be able to. Everything else is fine with the cover letter, I just need to type my ...
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Abbreviations and spacing

I'm sure this is a pretty standard questions that's been asked (and answered!) a hundered times before, so apologies for boring people. In LaTeX, I'd like to write a macro for abbreviations, such as, ...
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vspace before itemize in a Table cell, tabular vs longtable

In the following MWE, one sees the difference between tabular and longtable, with respect to the vertical space before an itemize, inside a cell : \documentclass[12pt]{article} ...
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What's the right space to right the alignment of a right aligned align environment?

As Hilbert would have put it, had he lived in the TeX-era: No one shall expel us from the Paradise that AMS has created. and one aspect of that paradise is release from the tyranny of eqnarray ...
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Why don't I get any space after \thepage?

The code \thepage of yields the output 3of. I can fix it by writing \thepage~of, but what causes this in the first place? I can't imagine when it would be useful.
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How to increase the spacing between equations in “gather”?

Is there a way to consistently increase the vertical spacing between equation lines in a gather (or gather*) environment from amsmath? Specifically, I want to produce something like \begin{gather*} ...