The space between two lines in a paragraph should be 1.5 lines which is according to my university requirements it equivalents to 0.21 inch. In LaTeX, I used the package setspace as follows:


However, when I measure the space between the lines I find out that the distance is 0.22 inch, while the requirements of my university is 0.21 inch. I have searched in this valued site and even in Google but I did not find answer. Would somebody help me please to adjust the distance?

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    I see some university official is trying to justify his existence at your expense. My condolences. Jul 9, 2013 at 10:56
  • What size option do you use? The default 10pt or 11pt or 12pt?
    – egreg
    Jul 9, 2013 at 11:33
  • A minimal example is needed, because I can't reproduce your problem.
    – egreg
    Jul 9, 2013 at 12:13

1 Answer 1


This is not the recommended way of doing things, but you can put


in your document preamble. This won't affect \section headings or any text in a different size. If your text size is not 10 pt, replace the 10 in the \fontsize command with your desired size.

That said, I don't think anyone's going to notice a difference of 0.01 inches.

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    The difference is noticeable: it's a quarter of a millimeter, so 30 lines make a difference of about 7mm (one third of an inch).
    – egreg
    Jul 9, 2013 at 12:09
  • Thank you @ChrisS, your Answer was good but it gives distance of 0.24 inch. Accordingly I reduced the number 0.21in of your answer to 0.19in, now the output is exactly 0.21in in the pdf file. Thank you again.
    – Montadar
    Jul 9, 2013 at 14:09
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    @Montadar -- the fact that an explicitly specified dimension doesn't measure what you expect it to be might indicate that the printer you are using is out of adjustment, and if the document were printed on another printer, it might very well display different results. before printing out your final copy, you should probably test for this possibility. Jul 9, 2013 at 16:49

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