How to Change Line Spacing in PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint 2010 offers several options to adjust the line spacing of text in your presentations. Proper line spacing can greatly enhance readability and allow you to fit more text on each slide.

Access Line Spacing Options

To modify line spacing in PowerPoint 2010:

  1. Select the text you want to adjust. You can select a paragraph, bullet point, text box, or placeholder.
  2. Go to the Home tab.
  3. In the Paragraph group, click the Line Spacing button.

Line Spacing Button

  1. Select one of the preset spacing options:
    • Single
    • 1.5 Lines
    • Double
    • 2.5 Lines
    • 3 Lines

Or click Line Spacing Options for more custom settings.

Preset Line Spacing Options

The preset line spacing options provide common spacing amounts:

  • Single – The default spacing between lines of text.
  • 1.5 Lines – 1.5 times the single line spacing.
  • Double – Double the space between lines.
  • 2.5 Lines – 2.5 times the single line spacing.
  • 3 Lines – Triple line spacing.

The preset options offer a quick way to adjust line spacing without having to enter specific spacing amounts.

Custom Line Spacing Settings

For more control over spacing, use the Line Spacing Options to open the Paragraph dialog box.

Paragraph Dialog Box

Here you can set:

  • Before / After – Space before and after each paragraph
  • Line Spacing
    • Single – Default spacing
    • Multiple – Enter a multiple value, like 1.5
    • Exactly – Enter a specific spacing amount in points
  • Alignment – Left, center, right, or justified text
  • Special – Spacing options for first / last lines

Using the custom options takes more effort, but allows spacing each paragraph differently.

Tips for Line Spacing

Here are some tips for working with line spacing in PowerPoint 2010:

  • Increase spacing to improve readability – Use at least 1.5 line spacing.
  • Decrease spacing to fit more lines per slide – Try 0.8 or 0.9 spacing.
  • Set spacing for individual paragraphs – Select text before changing values.
  • Use larger text at higher spacing to prevent font size decreasing.
  • Avoid excessive spacing – Can cause text to become very small.
  • Change spacing of bullet points individually.
  • Set desired spacing as the default for new presentations.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Use these keyboard shortcuts to quickly change line spacing in PowerPoint 2010:

  • Ctrl + 1 – Single spacing
  • Ctrl + 2 – Double spacing
  • Ctrl + 5 – 1.5 line spacing

The keyboard shortcuts provide a fast way to switch between common line spacing options without using the mouse.

Copying Line Spacing

To copy line spacing from one text box or paragraph to another:

  1. Select the text with the desired spacing.
  2. Right click and choose Copy Formatting.
  3. Select the text you want to apply the spacing to.
  4. Right click and select Paste Formatting.

This will paste the line spacing without affecting other formatting.


Adjusting line spacing is an important part of formatting text in PowerPoint presentations. Proper spacing improves readability, allows fitting more text on slides, and enhances visual appeal. PowerPoint 2010 provides preset options and custom settings to fine tune spacing. Use the tips in this article to efficiently manage line spacing in your PowerPoint 2010 presentations.