I have defined a macro for 2 closely spaced horizontal lines,

\rule{\linewidth}{1.5pt} \\[-0.80\baselineskip]%

Now I noticed that when putting it at different places in the text and at different environments, results in a slightly different vertical spacing between them. Is it possible to fix the spacing between them? (regardless of the line spacing in the environment they are inside)


also when defining a linespace in definite units, it still depends on the font. For example:


\rule{\linewidth}{1.5pt} \\[-9pt]%

    \noindent \blindtext

    \small \myline

  • Just write \\[-3pt] or something like this with an explicit length (\baselineskip can change across environments). An example would be useful, anyway.
    – egreg
    Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 8:25
  • @egreg See my edit
    – PineApple
    Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 8:42
  • \\[x] doesn't work, it starts a new line after x. Even if x is explicit, the newline is not. Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 9:01

2 Answers 2


You can try

  \kern3pt % space above the rules
  \hrule height 1.5pt
  \kern2pt % space between the rules
  \hrule height 0.8pt
  \kern3pt % space below the rules

Change the spacings to suit your needs.


This is because you are using \baselineskip, rather use a fixed value \\[3pt]

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