If you have migrated from Microsoft Office Word 2003 to Microsoft Office Word 2007 and love to work in it then you might have observed that the default line spacing and default paragraph spacing is different from the default spacing of the earlier versions of Word. There is more space between lines in a paragraph and more space between paragraphs in Word 2007 than the earlier versions of Microsoft Word.

Default Line and Paragraph Spacing for Word 2007 and Earlier Version of Word
Spacing Option Microsoft Office Word 2007 Word 2003 or Earlier Version of Word
After 14 px 0 pt
Line Spacing Multiple Single
At 1.15 Blank

Actually this default line spacing change in Word 2007 has been made to make online documents more readable. Anyway if you don’t like this line and paragraph spacing of Word 2007 and want to make it same as default line and paragraph spacing of Word 2003 then follow these steps.

  1. Launch Microsoft Office Word 2007 and click on Home tab.
  2.  Click Change Styles in the styles group, point to Style Set and then select the style set you want to use.
    Default Line and Paragraph Space Settiing in Microsoft Word 2007 as in Microsoft Word 2003

    Default Line and Paragraph Space Settiing in Microsoft Word 2007 as in Microsoft Word 2003

  3. To change the default formatting of your document, such as the line spacing and paragraph spacing, to the default formatting used in earlier version of word, click on Word 2003. That’s it.
  4. Any time to set the style set as the default style set in Word 2007, click Change Styles in the Style Set group and then click on Set as Default.