{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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Include image with spaces in path directory to be processed with dvips

I have the following image that I wish to include in my document: wget http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/figures/1471-2164-10-37-1-l.jpg -O exampleImg.jpg I need to compile via dvi. I covert ...
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\frac{1-z^{n+1}}{1-z} doesn't look very good and how to leave space equal to the size of a given text

When we write it by hand we usually align the 1's in numerator and denominator. Should I change it manually, i.e. defining a command for typing the sum of the geometric progression or is there a ...
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Why is the spacing for this completely whacky?

I have the following line: $P(can't\,communicate) = \frac{\#\,of\,combinations\,of\,4\,different\,keys} {total\,possible\,arrangements} = \frac{\frac{10*9*8*7}{4}}{2025} = ...
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Moving a framed environment to the left

I want to move the following remark environment, which nicely splits over pages :), towards the left so that it is not centered anymore. I have been unsuccessfully trying for a while: would you please ...
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Get the size that a figure is being rendered

Suppose I have a figure in my LaTeX document: \begin{figure} \includegraphics[scale=0.5]{some_graphic} \end{figure} My question is pretty simple: Is there a way to get the size that some_graphic ...
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Bad spacing of math letters within italic text

I use the standard AMS theorem style, which means that my theorems are set in italic. In combination with math variables, this sometimes gives horrible spacing: The input If $U$ or $V$ \dots yields ...
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Increasing Letterspace for words in caps or small caps

Some typographers say it's a good habit to increase the letterspace when writing words in caps or small caps. So my question is, how to do it with pdflatex and/or xelatex? And while we're at it, which ...
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How do I make “gather” object, place its self in the text, the same way as an equation object?

Assuming the amsmath package is installed. I found a difference between the way that an equation object and a gather object is embedded within the text. If an equation is beneath a line of text that ...
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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 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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Does {1em} mean {1em plus0pt minus0pt}?

Is plus0pt and minus0pt automatically added if I write, e.g., \setlength{\abovedisplayskip}{1em} \setlength{\jot}{0pt} \setlength{\parsep}{0pt} ...
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Vertical space before and after align environment

I am wondering if it is possible in LaTeX to generally adjust the spacing before and after math in the align environment from amsmath. From the Mathmode-guide (by Herbert Voss) I gather that ...
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How to reduce space after the end of a tabbing environment

In my resume, for each of my jobs I have a tabbing environment set up for the name of the company, the city, and the dates for the job. I then would like to have the description of the job immediately ...
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208 views

How to make an \item consisting of a list

A list environment [Edit: used to] start a new paragraph. Thus, in \begin{itemize} \item \begin{enumerate} \item Something \end{enumerate} \end{itemize} Nothing is printed at the right of the ...
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index and item separation

I'm currently creating an index with the book class. I would like to play with the vertical separation between items in the index. Below is what I am redefining: ...
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1answer
947 views

Reduce space before and after an enviroment

A simple(?) question, how do I reduce the space before and after a environment? I suppose I'm after a redefine environment command that I can put at the top of my document. Example I'm using ...
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How to increase the spacing between equations in “gather”?

Is there a way to consistently increase the vertical spacing between equation lines in a gather (or gather*) environment from amsmath? Specifically, I want to produce something like \begin{gather*} ...
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hyperlinks in biblatex

I'm making a biblatex style to solve an issue with the standard styles: if you have a reference with a doi field, it just prints the DOI number, with a clickable link if hyperref is enabled. But a ...
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taking unncessary space after e.g. or i.e. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a period after an abbreviation the same as an end of sentence period? Hi, I often use the abbreviations e.g. and i.e. when writing. The period after these ...
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Spacing around \left and \right

Why does the addition of a \left and \right introduces an extra space around the formula? Specifically, why do $\cos(\theta)$ and $\cos\left(\theta\right)$ render differently? Is there a way to use ...
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Why is there a space in this equation

I have the following equation: $\|\text{DFT}\left( f_t (n) \right)\|^2 $ () This equation is rendered with a space before the second $\|$. Why is this and how can I fix it?
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What is causing different spacing between a header and content on one page only?

I have found that for only one page (so far) the spacing between the header and content is different from the spacing on all the other pages. You can see this behavior in the images below (from pages ...
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How do I modify the amount of space between the heading and the chapter's number and/or name?

Currently, the space between the bottom of my header and the top of the chapter number is quite large and I would like to be able to reduce the space between the header and the chapter number. How ...
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2answers
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How do I change the spacing for math operators?

I have defined my own math operator (for displaying the order of certain function sequences--this is not the "normal" Big-O notation, though) by: ...
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\colon for maps in opposite direction

Using \colon gives correct spacing for a map $F\colon C\to D$ in one direction. But writing $L\colon C\rightleftarrows D\colon R$ for a couple of maps in both directions (e.g. for an adjunction) gives ...
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Is a period after an abbreviation the same as an end of sentence period?

Does latex do anything special with periods? If so, is there a way to differentiate end-of-sentence periods from periods indicating abbreviation?
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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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Custom acronyms via \def

I'd like to define acronyms via the \def command. I know that the acronym package exists, but that's too much typing (\ac{myacronym} vs. \myacronym). The problem that I have is that for ...
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In amsart, how I can get caption spacing in tables to be like that in figures?

In the document class amsart, I get different vertical spacing around the caption in tables and figures. For instance, compare the difference: \documentclass{amsart} \begin{document} ...
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678 views

What is the right way to use of non-breakable space before math expressions?

I have seen LaTeX code that puts a ~ between every math expression and the text preceding it, does not use ~ in this manner at all, and uses a ~ in this way if and only if the math expression ...
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Increase spacing in split environment

I'm writing long equations with the split environment: \begin{equation} \begin{split} ... \\ ... \\ ... \end{split} \end{equation} The problem is that the single lines are a bit high, and there is ...
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Reducing the title spacing

I use LyX. When I use the "Title" environment under article(hebrew), it uses very big spacings between it and the rest of the document. How do I control the spacing and make it use a compact title so ...
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How to use \abovetopsep (to add space between a table's caption and tabular part)?

I read in the documentation of the booktabs package that \abovetopsep can be used to add some space between a table and its caption (instead of the lower-level \vspace{}). However, the exact placement ...
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clarification on the use of @{} with table headings?

Most examples I've seen are like this: \begin{tabular}{@{}l r r@{}} that is, with one @{} to the left of first column specifier and another @{} to the right of the last column specifier. Yet the ...
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Removing spaces between “words” in math mode

I'd like to set $1024 \times 768$ without any space between the three items. Is this possible? If so, how? E.g., what I get is: 1024 x 768 and what I want is: 1024x768
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Remove space around bullet points in itemized or enumerated list

How can I reduce the amount of space around items in an itemized or enumerated list? I would like to reduce the vertical space between items, the space to the left of the bullet, and the space ...
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3answers
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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 ...
16
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1answer
705 views

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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Squeezing scientific paper to fit within page limits

I am submitting a paper to a conference that has a limit of 10 pages. I have edited and edited the text, but the paper still fills 11 pages, and I am reluctant to remove anything. What tricks can I ...
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Using prefix notation

I want to show Prefix notation in my document, somewhat like this: + (x 5 3) (- 6 4) However, I want to enter it in maths mode, but maths mode removes all the spaces, so I get: +(x53)(-64) Which ...
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Removing vertical space inside \maketitle

In \documentclass{article}, the \maketitle command results in a lot of wasted vertical space. Is there any way for me to remove it? In other words, I'd like the author to appear directly below the ...
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What, if anything, is the advantage of \bigskip and friends over \vspace?

What are the advantages to using \bigskip, \medskip, and \smallskip instead of just using \vspace{somelength}?
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Solfa style music notation (Carnatic)

I'm looking for a way to typeset Carnatic (Indian) music. The notation system is textual, similar to solfa, with some symbols like comma, semi-colon and | for durations, and bar lines. Fine control ...
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Is there an easy way to have my whole document with a space between paragraphs rather than indentation?

I would like to have my whole document showing a blank line (or space) between paragraphs and no indentation. I know how to do it line by line, but is there a way to change that with just one or a few ...
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4answers
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Have new line between paragraphs, no indentation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there an easy way to have my whole document with a space between paragraphs rather than indentation? I am sure that this must be a dup, but I can't find the right ...
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\vspace vs. \vskip

What is the difference between \vspace{-1em} and \vskip -1em, for example? I guess the first is LaTeX, and the latter is TeX. When is the proper time to use one and not the other, and why?
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Space after LaTeX commands

I have a definition \newcommand{\arnold}{Arnold Schwarzenegger} when I refer to it by \arnold is a it is rendered as Arnold Schwarzeneggeris a In order to have a space in front of "is" I ...