{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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How to add indentation

I am writing my Thesis report using LaTeX, I need to add indentation because every thing is right but only thing is every new paragraph is starting at initial stage but I need to add some indentation. ...
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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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Dynamic signature/date line

I'm trying to create a signature and date line in a document. I need the date line to always be in the same spot on the page no matter what name is under the signature line, such as: ...
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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 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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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 tabs or creating my own command

I have a problem adding tabs and I can't use a tabular environments (like tabular or tabbing) because I can't mix it with enumerate environments. Is there a way to add a simgle tab like in any text ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How should imaginary numbers be typeset?

I've never had to typeset complex numbers before and I'm finding that I'm uncertain about what best-practices are. My question is really about typesetting just i. (Hence my title referring to ...
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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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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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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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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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Reduction of Space between two Sub-figures

I want to reduce the space between two subfigures and use that space to make those subfigures large. How to do that? My code is as follows: \begin{figure}[htp] \centering ...
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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} ...
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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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How can I get Sperrsatz?

Sperrsatz is a special kind of emphasis often used in combination with blackletter fonts. A word in Sperrsatz has 0.125 em spaces between its characters, but some ligatures are preserved. For example: ...
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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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\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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Is there way to put hard space after defined words?

In Polish typography, one should avoid putting prepositions at the end of the line. Example: Nie wiedziałem, że nie umieszcza się przyimków na końcu strony. - bad Nie wiedziałem, że nie umieszcza się ...
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When should you use \vskip (\hskip) rather than \vspace (\hspace) in a LaTeX document?

I assume that, to guard against strange errors, you should use \vspace rather than \vskip whenever possible in a LaTeX document. But are there any situations in which you must use \vskip? I'm ...
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How to insert a non-stretching but line-breaking thin space?

How do I insert a small space that looks like the space I get with \, but allows a line break like a normal space does? I.e., I'm looking for a non-stretching, non-non-breaking space whose width is ...
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Math mode: Spacing after Superscripts

Math mode adds extra horizontal space after superscripts. I have listed various options for removing it in the MWE. I would like to know if there is any recommended way of doing this in amsmath. I ...
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Is there any opposite of newpage?

Is there any command which is the opposite of \newpage/\pagebreak/\clearpage, i.e. which goes back a page instead of going forward, similarly to the way you can use \vspace to move the current ...
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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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adaptive \ldots with no (“…”) spacing

Due to the typographic traditions I'm used to, I prefer my \ldots to have no spacing in between, ideally exactly the same amount as in text. In math mode I would like to write things like \(1, 2, ...
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Dedicated symbol for […] in quotations?

I would like to use [...] in quotations to indicate a part which was not included. Just entering [...] does not render it perfectly in my opinion. Is there a special way of inputing said symbol? ...
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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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Using babel and cleveref causes unnecessary horizontal space in header

Update This bug has been fixed with version 0.18.9 of cleveref, which is currently on ctan. Question Babel and cleveref do not seem to work flawlessy together when they share the same language ...
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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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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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How do I get microtype's “outer spacing” to work with the xspace package?

Microtype adds extra space to the start and end of letterspaced text, configured via the \SetTracking command's "outer spacing" option. Unfortunately, xspace breaks this. For example, I define a few ...
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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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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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Hard whitespace

I am using plainTeX and would like to typeset some (python) code examples. Switching to \tt gets me partway there, but I (obviously) need the whitespace respected. Is there a trick for doing this? The ...
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Does spaces in $xy=1$ have differences between $x y = 1$?

Which way is more correct? I don't see any differences, but maybe I something missed?
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LaTeX equivalent of &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; in HTML?

In HTML, to get extra horizontal spacing all I would have to do is: This is textual phrase A&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;This is textual phrase B to get the following output: This is textual ...