Making Single Space the Default in Microsoft Word 2007 & 2010

For some unknown reason (to me), Microsoft has decided to make paragraph spacing in Word 2007, 2010 and Start Edition double-space by default. In all previous version of Word, you need to press the Enter key twice to double-space. When formatting street addresses, for example, a user typically wants them to be single spaced, but that doesn’t happen in the newer versions of Word.

Sure, you could try to remember to press Shift+Enter when you want to force a single space, but who can remember that every time you need it? The easier solution is to change the spacing between lines back to zero. Here’s how to do it:

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