{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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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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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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Tikzpicture with overlay takes up space

Consider this MWE: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay] \node [circle, fill=red!90!black, minimum width=15em] at (current ...
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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} ...
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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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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} ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Configurable spacing after \dots

LaTeX adds some space after the ellipsis \textellipsis. This is enhanced by ellipsis package, which only adds space before certain characters (and also gives the option to configure “easily” the ...
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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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Remove spacing between per-chapter figures in LoF

When I'm generating a List of Figures in my project, all figures are grouped by chapter. I would like to have the whole list without any additional new lines between different chapters. How it looks ...
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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*} & ...
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Nested enumerate (enumitem) interferes with suppressing vertical space after theorem heads.

In the post How to suppress vertical space between theorem heads and enumitem environments? David Carlisle suggested a piece of code that helps suppressing vertical space between theorem heads and an ...
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`\hfill`-like spacing in math mode without using `align`

In question 83509, a way of getting \hfill-like behaviour in the align environment is described, but for my purposes, I need one that works in the equation environment. (I want to display some ...
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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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Make an invisible vbox

I'm placing a PDF meta information in a \vbox in a plain XeTeX document, and I would like it to behave as if there were no box at all (so any additional \vskip after the \vbox will appear). Right now, ...
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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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It doesn't hyphenate words ending with “—”

UPDATE Well. After a while, I decided to see again about this “problem”, and just discovered that in pdfLaTeX, using \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} and the — (the unicode —, not the ligature ---) it ...
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How to specify a fixed height for all rows in a table?

I have something like this: \newcolumntype{C}[1]{>{\centering\let\newline\\\arraybackslash\hspace{0pt}}m{#1}} \begin{tabular}{| c | C{3cm} | C{4cm} |} Short Text & Short Text & Short Text ...
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Ellipsis with a period/fullstop

While quoting how ellipsis should be used if few sentences are omitted in between. (ommissions are not clauses or words or phrases, but sentences). For example if there is a passage like: This is a ...
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Redefining \maketitle to put a maximum of information in a page

I'm currently writing LaTeX articles containing all of my lessons content in order to have it on a very few pages instead of the heavy thing the teacher gives us with exercises, demonstrations and so ...
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How can I force a \hspace at the beginning of a line?

My code is this: \setlength{\parindent}{0ex} \texttt{ x\hspace{1ex}\hspace{1ex}\hspace{1ex}y \newline \hspace{1ex}\hspace{1ex}\hspace{1ex}\hspace{1ex}y } What I'd like to see is: x y y ...
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Using a negative space \! to differentiate between functions and products

In Physics, I often have functions like f(x), but also multiplications like y(-x). I would like my math to be easy to understand, so I am looking for a way to suggest function calls and ...
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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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Uneven vertical spacing displaymath

I would like to ask you why we have uneven vertical skips between the first two and last two vectors, coming from the source: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \[(a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h)\] ...
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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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Relation spacing error using =& in aligned equations

The middle equation in the following example seems to have wrong spacing around the = sign. The only difference is that I used =& for aligning around the = sign rather than &=. This worries ...
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Extra line of vertical separator using itemize in tabular

I'm creating a resume based off of the example tutorial HERE. It's fairly simple, actually -- just a two columned table with dates on the left and job on the right. I prefer bullets vs. a paragraph ...
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Permutation cycle notation

How do you nicely denote a permutation via cycle notation? Ie, the cycle \[1 \mapsto 2 \mapsto 3 \mapsto 1\] can be done by something like: \[ (1\quad2\quad3) \] using \quad, but that seems ...
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Align (center) header row in table

I use @{\hskip 50pt} to separate columns in my table. The problem which arises is that I add this extra space after a multicolumn. This also moves the header row so that it is no longer centred. Is ...
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Length parameter for vertical skip space in a math environment?

I learned here that I can use \\[<len>] to explicitly set the vertical skip space between lines, e.g., <len> set to 3ex. I'd like to set <len> to, say, 2-times the normal length in ...
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booktabs and tiny horizontal space

In a regular table, I'm trying to remove the small horizontal space before the first column and after the last one as achieved with package booktabs with the option @{}. How can I do that? Please ...
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Tune space around section headings

I am using \Huge centered section headings but the space generated around the heading is too big currently: I would like to reduce the space around the heading (The "Créé à son image" text) to make ...
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How to put subcaptions below subtables, and increase gap between subtables with 'subfigure'?

Using 'subfigure', how can I create subtables within a table, such that a) subcaptions are underneath each subtable, and b) there's a reasonable horizontal gap between the subtables? So far I've only ...
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What is the difference between \hspace*{\fill} and \hfill?

In the memoir manual on page 183 ,this example is given: \begin{figure} \centering \hspace*{\fill} {ILLUSTRATION 1} \hfill {ILLUSTRATION 2} \hspace*{\fill} \caption{Example float with two ...
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Why does \vspace, after section heading, sometimes jump/snap in discrete steps?

Well, this is one question that I've had for a long time, and one that always gets me extremely irritated. However, this time I'm even somewhat happy - that I can ask the question at all; and that is ...
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How can I put more space between bibliography entries (biblatex)

My bibliography (made with biblatex) has all items close to each other. I would like to introduce some space between them, e.g. half a line. How can I do this?
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Condense the space between bibliographic entries

In order to save space, I would like to condense the bibliography, specifically, reduce the amount of vertical space between entries. Currently, it seems there is double-space between consecutive ...
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Italic Correction for Linux Libertine Font

I was looking for a new font for the manuals of my LaTeX packages and found the Linux Libertine most pleasing. However it seems that it doesn't support italic correction (yet). I assume that a font ...
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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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How do I ask beamer to exactly fill up a slide?

Inspired by a recent question with a very similar sounding title, I would actually love to implement auto-magic vertical stretch for beamer slides (where, maybe unlike full documents, I think makes a ...
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Creating a new environment with one optional argument

I want to create a new environment with one optional argument in LaTeX. Here is what I used: \newenvironment{argument}[1][]{% \par \noindent \textbf{Argument#1:} \noindent} {} When there is no ...
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Setting the column gap in a twocolumn (or multicol) document

I have a document that uses twocolumn with scrbook. How can I set the width of the space between the two columns?
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Change whitespace above and below a section heading

I want to change the spacing around a section heading so that there is less of a gap between it and the paragraph that follows. I found the following commands \usepackage[compact]{titlesec} ...
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Is there a method just write `---` to get an em-dash, putting thinspace both before and after it?

Is there a method just write --- to get an em-dash, putting a thinspace both before and after it? The situation about break is similar with the original ---.
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Why does \vspace*{0pt} add vertical space?

I'm trying to format the title of the table of contents using the tocloft package. It inserts code that looks like the following. \par \vspace*{\cftbeforetoctitleskip}% % code to typeset ...
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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 ...