{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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Strike through text without affecting text box size

I want to strike through text with a simple line. Unfortunately, in the solution(s) I found, the text always has a larger distance to the next line (see example). How can I strike through text ...
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Usage of LaTeX macro \space (compared with \␣)

Occasionally I find that internal package code contains the macro \space (defined as \def\space{ } by LaTeX). The most-taught way to produce "explicit" spaces in paragraph text is to use \␣, and I ...
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en dash and em dash spacing

I've noticed that en dashes and em dashes run into certain numbers and letters, and I don't believe it's standard to use spaces with these. For example, if a 'b' comes before the dash or a '6' comes ...
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Defining \xthinspace: Thin space only if not followed by certain characters

Following this 2005 thread from the XeTeX list, I’ve defined a \spaceddash command and assigned it to the Unicode em-dash character U+2014 “—”: \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} ...
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What does `\ ` exactly do?

In the The Not So Short Introduction to LATEX2e - Version 5.01, April 06, 2011 it is suggested that: A backslash in front of a space generates a space that will not be enlarged. (page 39) It ...
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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 to indicate elision in a quotation?

How should one typeset an elided passage in a quote? An example: \begin{quotation} some text [...] then some more \end{quotation} Elision in a quote is usually indicated by an ellipsis ...
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Adjusting vertical space between TOC entries using Beamer

I have a rather lengthy table of contents for a presentation. Beamer is not compressing the vertical space between TOC entries, but instead running the last item off the bottom of the output! Is ...
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Semantics of negative glues

This question is about the semantics of glues like 0pt plus -1fill, where the coefficient in front of the fill is negative. The following minimal example shows my attempt to figure this out ...
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Separation between columns in beamer

I am trying to create a scientific poster (in a beamer environment) with three columns. It works very well, my only problem is that the separation between the columns is too large and I cannot find a ...
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Remove spacing above section in titlesec

I'm writing a document optimized for mobile usage, and as such I want to conserve my space. The spacing that titlesec adds to sections, subsections, etc. is getting somewhat annoying. Is there a ...
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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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siunitx disturbs spacing of \, in math with xelatex

In the following example - compiled with XeLaTeX - the spacing of \thinspacing/the value of mu (used by \,) is disturbed if \SI is used in the math before: \documentclass{article} ...
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Creating stackoverflow like tags

I'm trying to create stackoverflow like tags. Currently I'm using an \fbox{text} to create the tags, which works, but not all boxes have the same height (it seems that letters like 'p' make a box take ...
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The trestle problem: how to avoid >=< in the output

TeX puts no space between \mathrel characters, so one can type := to make a definition. But careless authors often type stuff like < a, b > = < c, d > to indicate that two scalar ...
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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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Behavior of \\ inside center environment

While trying to compile a title page for my dissertation I realized that I do not understand the behavior of \\. Consider the following MWE \documentclass{memoir} \begin{document} \begin{center} ...
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Replace all spaces with hyphens

It is good practice for legal documents to have hyphens instead of spaces so nobody can add anything to a contract after signing it. E.g. ------------------------------------------ ...
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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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How to reduce the space between two slashes when using \url?

This is a follow-up question to Space between two slashes. Bianca Lobo's answer (defining a \twobar command with proper kerning) is nice; however, it doesn't work in the argument of the \url command ...
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How does TeX know how to space different typefaces?

My understanding of how TeX makes things look so nice is that it goes over each paragraph and spaces each letter/word to look 'right' based on how dark it is, how wide it is, and the characteristics ...
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Remove space after command

To simplify some text I created some commands. One command has no arguments. It uses math mode but is used inside normal text. I would like to remove any trailing space between the command and ...
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How to use tilde or space in includepdf filename?

I'm trying to include a pdf in a document, using pdfpages package, but I'm having troubles when filename contains tilde or space. e.g. ...
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How to remove an unwanted white space at the last end of a horizontal curly brace?

You can see there is an unwanted white space at the last term below. \documentclass[border=12pt]{standalone} \usepackage{amsmath} \begin{document} $ ...
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adding space before each item in itemize

I would like to add some space before each \item in begin{itemize} When i try doing something like this \begin{itemize} \item \hspace {5cm} Sweden \item \hspace {5cm} Germany \end{itemize} The ...
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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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Eating space before a command

If I have a \newcommand*{\foo}{foo} it will 'eat' space after it. Is there a way to tell it to eat space before, so that the result of e.g. bar \foo bar would be 'barfoobar'?
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Why does latex stretch small sections across the whole page vertically?

I'm writing my bachelor-thesis and have a couple of small sub-sub-sections explaining conversions, like in the following \subsubsection*{Assignment} This document only explains non-compound ...
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Difference between control space and non-breaking space

In my answer to How can I get following layout? I've used non-breaking spaces ~ (ties) to align monospaced text. Actually I rather meant control spaces \ , but they're less convenient to type (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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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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How can I fit my table of contents into a single page?

When I use \tableofcontents I get all my contents in a single page except for a line that goes on the other page, how can I make all in the same page?
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What is the typographically correct way to typeset name initials?

Sometimes I found that writing just "J. Doe" may lead, in a justified line with few words, to a big space between the initial and the surname. Using J.\,Doe looks ok but I would like to know if there ...
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Problem with \newcommand, no space after calling new command in the compiled text [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: \newcommand and spacing In my latex document I have defined a new command to force a consistency in naming of a product I talk in my document: ...
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Proper way to detect empty/blank text

I am attempting to ignore a command if it is passed with empty/blank text. My use case is not as complicated as one Expand away empty macros within ifthenelse where @egreg provides what seems like a ...
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fontspec ruins Lilypond's note spacing

I use lilypond-book to include music examples in my TeX document, but it seems that fontspec breaks the horizontal spacing between the notes: without fontspec with fontspec This MWE shows the ...
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How to fix the math-spacing when a lot of \phantom, \mathrlap, etc. are used?

This question led to a new package: underoverlap Introduction Based on this question and then this question, I'm trying to perfect the \overunderbrace macro. Right now, I'm trying to get the ...
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Making a unary operator out of a binary operator or relation symbol

Often in physics, the symbol \sim is used as a unary operator to mean "approximately." For example, one might say "the energy of these processes is $\sim 4$ eV." However, this looks awkward because ...
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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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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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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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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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How to shorten/shrink spaces between words?

My objective is to fit more words within one line. In order to show what I mean, I will exaggerate the word spacing here: Pretend this is a normal line in the document: Lorem ipsum dolor sit ...
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LaTeX adds an additional blank paragraph after the end of my custom environment

A friend, who is a LaTeX user but isn't very confident with customising it, told me that he would like to be able to put framed paragraphs and framed equations into his documents. So I took it upon ...
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How does \\ suppress spurious spaces while \par\noindent doesn't

I'm trying to build a description-list-with-header-line by using a macro. In the non-MWE, the macro adds additional value like index entries and margin notes, but here I have the simplest case ...
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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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Automatically adding space before punctuation in old-style English texts

I'm typesetting an English text in an 18th century style (based on a 1725 edition of Alexander Pope's "Dunciad"). Is there a LaTeX package I can use to automatically add the correct space before (and ...
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Reduce linespread between \item globally

Because of a page limit for a report, I would like to decrease the linespread between individual \items. I know this is generally not a good idea, but I really need the space. How can I achieve this ...
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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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Extra space behind month for \today with \usepackage[norsk]{babel} in December

When using \today and \usepackage[norsk]{babel} (babel <v3.8l>) in December there is an extra space behind the month name. How do I get around this? \documentclass{article} ...