{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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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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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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non-invasive kerning/spacing modification: what options are there?

Once in a while, you may want to (1) adjust or create a kerning pair (or, better yet, kerning class) in a font, or (2) adjust a particular glyph's sidebearings. examples of scenario (1) would include ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Difference between \mskip and \mkern

What are the differences between \mskip and \mkern? The TeXbook writes the following (ch. 18): You can insert math glue into any formula just by giving the command ‘\mskip⟨muglue⟩’. [...] ...
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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. \documentclass{...
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Control spacing around table caption

I want to put several tables in the same table float like this: \documentclass[a4paper, 12pt]{article} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{subfig} \begin{document} \begin{table} \caption{Internal ...
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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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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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\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 \mathrel{\delimsize|...
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moderncv - modify size of blank spaces

I'm trying to find a way to modify the moderncv LaTeX "library" (dk if library is the right word). As shown on the picture below, I want the space 1 & 2 to be reduced by half. I'm new in LaTeX, ...
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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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Increase height of fancyhdr header

How would one increase the height of the \fancyhead{} so that the text in the main body, doesn't collide with the title? I have the following MWE: \documentclass[a4paper,10pt,oneside]{article} \...
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Extra vertical space after \hline causes a gap in the right border of an array

I wanted to put a bit of space after an \hline in an array; the main suggestion floating round the Internet seems to be to use \hline \\ [-1.5ex] Unfortunately, this causes a gap in the line on the ...
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displaystyle, dfrac, dcases

Am I correct in saying that the dcases environment replaces \frac with \dfrac? The replacement only occurs at the outer-most level of \frac, so if I have \documentclass{article} \usepackage{...
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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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Too much space around wrap figure

I am using the wrapfig package to have my text around the figure but there is too much space around it as you can see below. Here is the code that I am using, I looked at the wikibook on LaTeX for ...
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underfull \hbox (badness 10000) in paragraph

Why do I get the message: Underfull \hbox (badness 10000) in paragraph at lines 107--108 I want a blank line between the problem name and the table, but if I use \\ or \newline along with a ...
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Avoid large spaces between text and equations

I use the options \renewcommand{\baselinestretch}{1.25} \setlength{\parskip}{0pt} \setlength{\parindent}{0pt} in the preamble of my document and most of the time the document looks like intended. ...
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How do I write something at the end of the slide in beamer? [duplicate]

I have an image, I want to write its source in a very small font size on the last possible line of the slide, ignoring the available space after image \section{SCS} \subsection{SCS} \begin{frame} \...
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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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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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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} \usepackage{longtable,...
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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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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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Displaying pinyin over Chinese characters, without impacting word spacing

I want to display pinyin (romanized form) over Chinese characters. However, the two methods I know (using stackrel or tabular both change the spacing between characters. This demonstrates the problem: ...
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Adjust environments's behaviour when nested

I would like to define an environment which behaves differently when it is nested. This environment should ignore spaces at the begin and end of the environment. I have this working as I desire when ...
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How can I use color in a mathematical expression without losing horizontal spacing?

How can I use color in a mathematical expression without losing horizontal spacing? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xcolor} \definecolor{red}{HTML}{dd0000} \begin{document} \[3+(-5)-2+3\] \[3+(-...
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center and \centering both add space above; \centerline does not

The nag package suggests I use the center environment in LaTeX, rather than the TeX \centerline command. When I do that, however, I find that the former inserts a blank line above the line (in my ...
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How to remove the unwanted space on the left side of the following gather*?

\documentclass[preview,border=12pt,varwidth]{standalone} \usepackage{amsmath} \begin{document} \abovedisplayskip=0pt\relax \begin{gather*} 6x^2-30x+36=0\\ 6(x^2-5x+6)=0\\ 6(x-2)(x-3)=0\\ x-2=0 \quad \...
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How to automatically add \! in subscripts?

This code \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fouriernc} \begin{document} $a_1$ $a_{\!1}$ \end{document} produces this output: I like the spacing on the lower one much more. Is there a way to ...
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How to circumvent a late \pagetotal reset to 0pt?

Below example demonstrates at the beginning of each paragraph how \pagetotal is not always reset to 0pt at the beginning of the page. This appears to interfere with my attempt to automatically clear a ...
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Same distance between chapter head and text / toc

With the following example, I get a different vertical distance between "Contents" and "1 bar 5" and "foo" and "Lorem". How do I get the first entry of the TOC to the same height as "Lorem ipsum", ...
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How to increase space between bibliography without using biblatex

Is there a way to increase space between bibliography without using biblatex?
3
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1answer
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Mark portions of text without affecting spacing

I would like to mark portions of my text that requires special attention during the review process. This marking won't be in the final document, so would like to be able to add these marks without ...
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1answer
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Tex Cover Letter Doesn't Display “Sincerely, My Name”

I'm using the cover letter example from this website: http://www.matthewjmiller.net/howtos/customized-cover-letter-scripts/ What it should look like and the source of the tex is on that website, I ...
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A lot of unexpected spaces between paragraph after inserting colorbox

I have a problem as shown in the attached picture. I guest that it comes from colorbox inside minipage. My document is a thesis of more than 150 pages. When I test this piece of latex code ...
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1answer
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How to define different spaces below float and non float listing?

I am using listings from the listings-package. I'm having a problem with spaces below the listings. I use both, float- with h and non-float listings. The problem now is, that the spaces below the ...
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Todo note steals space

I'm writing a larger document and I use the todonotes package to add reminders. For some reason, when I add a note, the space after the note's insertion point is removed. Here's minimal example: \...
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Is it possible to have a “real” \belowdisplayshortskip?

I think this is a tough one. Have you ever wondered why TeX sometimes produces vertical spacing around equations that is far from satisfactory? An example: \documentclass{article} \setlength{\...
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Question about spacing \hspace and \vspace

I have been using \hspace and \vspace in my latex documents lately. I was surprised when \hspace{1em} didn't work and found out that I needed to use \hspace*{1em} to force latex to put the space ...
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listings bug: space after literate replacement lost with spaceflexible/fullflexible columns

Problem with space being lost in listings immediately after a literate replacement when using columns=spaceflexible or columns=fullflexible (appears correctly with columns=flexible). A small example ...
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Patching commands to remove surrounding whitespace

I'm using the todonotes package to add little margin notes to my text, however writing Hello\todo{test} World! removes the interword space as is already pointed out in this question. So I tried \...
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Spacing of \multline inside align (i.e. \multlined)

Related with How can I use multline within an align environment?. Consider this document: \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{amsmath,mathtools} \begin{document} \begin{align*} & \left[k(k+\...
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How do I suppress the whitespace above an equation block at the page top?

How do I suppress the whitespace above the equation block at the page top ? It is added to the top margin, and I don't want that to happen. I know that \abovedisplayshortskip controls this for the ...