Microsoft Word (and similar applications) give you the option to set double line spacing, 1.5 line spacing and so on. LaTeX, on the other hand, is much more flexible.

The \linespread{spacing} command allows you to set any line spacing you like. For example, to get double line spacing, simply add:

\linespread{2}

to the top of the document. Simple.

  1. Naren Bharatwaj says:

    I think what you have written is wrong. Use of \linespread increases spacing between text in tables, which is not generally desired. To obtain double line spacing, we need to use \linespread{1.6} instead of 2. A better way to have double line spacing is to use the setspace package and add \doublespacing in the preamble. Found it here. http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Customizing_LaTeX

  2. Mike says:

    Hi guys,
    I have my thesis report, I need to have title page, dedication, abstract, acknowledgements to have a topmargin of 2inches but the rest should be 1 inch. I use geometry package but this does set global margins for the document. how do i do it for these pages separately?
    thanks,mike

  3. Tim says:

    You should be able to do this with the geometry package. I’ve never used it myself, but it looks perfect for what you’re doing.