{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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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 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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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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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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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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Typesetting a dictionary containing pictures

I am seeking advice (any ideas) how to typeset a bilingual dictionary that will contain many pictures. The picture below shows the dictionary. Problems: The lines in columns differ. The spaces ...
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How do I define a new punctuation mark?

Here's is some code for a variant exclamation point despite its various short comings (such as non-scalability) \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{calc} \newcommand\...
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Remove vertical space around align

I need to display math in my report, but is it possible to remove the vertical space around align*? A little example is the following (where I just want the align* to have the same vertical space as ...
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Non-invasive replacement for \fbox?

I am trying to create a macro that improves on \fbox by working correctly in all cases and by being minimally invasive with respect to padding. What I've got so far works fairly well, but I'm having ...
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How much space between number and unit?

Javier Bezos (famous of titlsec, tensind, spanish ... packages; and now maintainer of babel) wrote a nice book on typography and scientific notation in spanish. He says (pag. 82) that the space ...
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Spacing around image

Knuth is on record that he incorporated approximately 100 typographical rules in TeX. I am struggling to discover the balance. Consider the figure below, What should be the amount of space around ...
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Drawbacks of redefining math accents with extra leading {}?

As I discovered through the non-bug latex/4253, TeX has a (mis)feature whereby it ignores braces around a \mathaccent construction: ${a_b}_c$ works, but ${\tilde a_b}_c$ fails with a "Double subscript"...
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Which commands consisting of a non-letter eat spaces afterwards?

Command names consist of a sequence of letters (until and excluding the first non-letter) or of a single non-letter. Command names ending in a letter (including of course those consisting of a single ...
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LaTeX inconsistent spacing? Is this normal?

\subsection{Third Isomorphism Theorem} Let $G$ be a group, and $N\unlhd G$, $K\unlhd G$ such that $N\subseteq K\subseteq G$. Then $(G/N)/(K/N)\cong G/K$. \subsection{Correspondence Theorem} Let $N\...
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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? \documentclass{...
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Why doesn't lineno number a paragraph when it is followed by an “align” equation environment without a space?

lineno skips the line numbering in this case: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{lineno} \linenumbers \begin{document} Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing ...
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Normal subgroups

To typeset that H is a normal subgroup of G, I would use H\unlhd G. However, the result doesn't satisfy myself, since the G seems too close to the triangle: Adding a space \ makes "too much space"...
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How to input open intervals

I want to write open and half-open intervals using the following notation: ]a, b[ ]a, b] ]-∞, b] When writing them just like that in the LaTeX source, the spacing doesn't come out right. For ...
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How to move a paragraph to the bottom of the page (without vspace)

I am looking to move a text paragraph of a few lines (like a disclaimer) at the bottom of a 2 page document. Each time I do that, I need to adjust that specific paragraph with the \vspace function. ...
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How can I change the whitespace above and below math displays?

I'm looking to squeeze an article written in LaTeX with amsmath to a set number of pages. In the text, I have a number of numbered math displays which I refer to throughout. However, they take up ...
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How can I make vfill to work without adding any text before?

Using \vfill between two texts works: \newpage bla \vfill blabla but it doesn't work if there is no text before it: \newpage \vfill blabla How can this be achieved?
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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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How can I use something like \vspace{\baselineskip plus 10pt}

Is it possible to use \baselineskip with some extra glue inside of \vspace? \documentclass{scrartcl} \begin{document} Text \vspace{\baselineskip} Works \vspace{12pt plus 10pt minus 5pt} Works \...
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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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Space inserted after “\input” call

I've noticed a significant issue with the \input command, it seems. For some reason, I can't seem to prevent it from adding a space after it reads its input. Even if there is no newlines or spaces ...
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Global setting of spacing between items in itemize environment for beamer

I'd like to modify the spacing between items in the itemize environment. This post shows how to modify a specific itemize environment (\addtolength{\itemsep}{0.5\baselineskip}). However, I'd like to ...
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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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How to replace all pictures by white rectangles?

I have a long document (800 pages) with lots of pictures (300 pictures). I have to produce a version of this document without the pictures (for copyright reasons). The solution I have found so far is ...
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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 (three ...
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Example in which `$$…$$` gets wrong spacing

The use of \[...\] vs. $$...$$ is discussed in Why is \[ ... \] preferable to $$ ... $$? and What are the differences between $$, \[, align, equation and displaymath?. It seems like \[...\] has ...
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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 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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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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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} \usepackage{...
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How to change the line spacing in my list of figures?

I am using the book documentclass and have a list of figures. After much trouble I noticed that there is a blank line to separate figures that are in different chapters, but not if they are within the ...
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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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Tilde and slash in LaTeX

I am getting strange errors in LaTeX: perhaps you should insert a `~' before "\ref" missing `\ ' after "i.e." missing `\ ' after "i.e." I understand that the first expects me to put a tilde before ...
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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. \includepdf[pages=-]{C:/Users/MYUSER~1/AppData/Local/Temp/...
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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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Why is unskip not working here?

I'm trying to define a macro to be used as follows: \usepackage[normalem]{ulem} \newcommand{\thesis}[1]{\uline{\ignorespaces #1\unskip}} % underlining required by school - I know, I know % later... ...
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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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How do you create .+?

I would like to display a = b .+ 1 But it is displayed as a = b. + 1 (moves . next to b).
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Entire document typed in monospace font

I want to put an entire document into monospace font for various reasons. This is nominally fairly easy; you can say \renewcommand{\familydefault}{\ttdefault}. However, there at least two problems ...
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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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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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Adding a “minimum” vertical space

Is there a way to add vertical space, but only if that much vertical space has not already been added? In other words, to say "put a minimum of X points of space here, and if some other command has ...
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Is there a rule of thumb to set the space between columns?

I've never heard about a convention to adjust the space between columns in a writing, it seems it depends on aesthetic sense--even in scientific literature---doesn't it?
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Improving typesetting of sums with long limits

This piece of code \documentclass{article} \usepackage{mathtools} \begin{document} \[\smashoperator[r]{\sum_{s=n-t+1}^{j-1}}s-(n-t)=\sum_{s=1}^{j-1-(n-t)}s=\frac{\bigl(j-1-(n-t)\bigr)\bigl(j-(n-t)\...
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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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What is the ConTeXt equivalent of LaTeX “\@.”

In English text, TeX follows the convention of putting extra space after a period by default, which I like. However, in the case of abbreviations it causes a problem. To suppress the extra space, ...