{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 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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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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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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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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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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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 [duplicate]

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 ...