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How to remove those spaces before, after and inbetween paragraphs in Word 2007 (Part of Office 2007)

I got this mail on the blog today, so decided I would post a solution:

2007 Vista Student and Office Edition does not allow me to create one line spacing in Address Headings but okay within the body of the letter, is this a glitch. I have never experienced this in my former Word Programs. In the dialog box it does specify single spacing. Any advice would be appreciated

I have created a simple document and you might notice that there is a big gap between each sentence.  This is caused by both line spacing and space before or after the paragraphs.  I will walk you through the process I went through to make things look less spaced out.

 

To do all of this I will be using just one icon on the ribbon bar - the one circled below

If I hover over this, you can see it is for line spacing.  The 1st thing I did was highlight my text and try setting the line spacing to 1.0 - you can see the result is that the text is slightly closer together.

 

 Next I clicked the "Remove Space Before Paragraph" option and you will notice that things now look as they should do.

  

Now if I select the top line as a heading, all the space has gone, but there is a huge chunck of space at the top, doing the same as above to the heading sorted that out too :-)

The finished product 

 

ttfn

David

 

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Posted Sun, May 6 2007 9:53 PM by David Overton

Comments

JohnJ wrote re: How to remove those spaces before, after and inbetween paragraphs in Word 2007 (Part of Office 2007)
on Wed, Mar 4 2009 10:49 PM

We're having this problem in Outlook 2007. I believe Outlook 2007 uses Word 2007 as the HTML editor. Is there a registry setting for this that we can push out to everyone with a GPO?

Anonymous wrote re: How to remove those spaces before, after and inbetween paragraphs in Word 2007 (Part of Office 2007)
on Sat, Oct 10 2009 2:05 PM

How do you combine for example three paragraphs into one without having to delete the spaces manually?

Anonymous wrote re: How to remove those spaces before, after and inbetween paragraphs in Word 2007 (Part of Office 2007)
on Mon, Aug 16 2010 5:32 PM

This was very helpful! Thank you very much!!

Paul wrote re: How to remove those spaces before, after and inbetween paragraphs in Word 2007 (Part of Office 2007)
on Sat, Mar 5 2011 5:03 PM

Thanks so much.

This tip works with Word / Office 2010 as well.

I was about to give up on it and go back to Office 2003, because without doing this, I was having to do Control+Enter (to get single return), then I could not convert to Notepad, forums, blogs, websites or Google docs without having to manaully add hundreds of spaces back in!

Stephanie wrote re: How to remove those spaces before, after and inbetween paragraphs in Word 2007 (Part of Office 2007)
on Tue, Nov 15 2011 2:07 AM

You helped me with my word test!  Thanks! :)

kells wrote re: How to remove those spaces before, after and inbetween paragraphs in Word 2007 (Part of Office 2007)
on Tue, Jan 10 2012 8:11 PM

thanks you helped lots my teacher scares me so im glad this helped.

Dismal Dissertation wrote re: How to remove those spaces before, after and inbetween paragraphs in Word 2007 (Part of Office 2007)
on Mon, Sep 10 2012 2:39 AM

Thanks so much for this! I spent way too much time trying to figure this out, and several sites did not even mention this simple technique!

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