WD: How to Add a Line Spacing Button to the Toolbar

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In Microsoft Word, line-spacing buttons are not part of the default toolbars. In Word versions 6.x, 7.x, 97, and 98, you can add these buttons (and others) to the formatting toolbar (or any other toolbar).

In Word for Windows 2.x, you can add thses buttons (and others) to the toolbar.


To add a line-spacing button to a toolbar, follow these steps.

Word 97 and Word 98 Macintosh Edition

  1. On the Tools menu, click Customize.
  2. Click the Commands tab.
  3. From the Categories list in the Customize dialog box, select Format.
  4. From the Commands list, click the command you want to add to the View menu. For example, click Double Spacing.
  5. Drag Double Spacing to the Formatting toolbar. Release the mouse button when you see a vertical bar indicating the location on the toolbar where the command will be inserted.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 if you want to add another line spacing button.
  7. In the Customize dialog box, click Close.

Word Versions 6.x, 7.x

  1. On the View menu click Toolbars.
  2. Choose the desired toolbar on which to add the line-spacing button if it is not currently displayed.
  3. Click Customize.
  4. From the list of Categories, choose Format.
  5. From the Buttons box, select the appropriate line-spacing button and drag it to the desired location on the toolbar and release the button.
  6. Click Close when you have added all desired buttons.

Word for Windows version 2.x

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and select the Toolbar category.
  2. In the Tool To Change box, select a space or an existing button that you want to change. A space on the toolbar appears as [space] in the Tool To Change box. Scan the current toolbar to locate an appropriate location.
  3. From the Button list, select the appropriate line-spacing button. (The list is extensive; it may take a moment to locate the appropriate line-spacing button.)
  4. In the Show box, select the Commands option button.
  5. From the Commands list, select the appropriate line-spacing command to attach to the button. (Use the table below to locate the appropriate command).
  6. Choose the Change button to record the toolbar modification.
  7. When you exit Word, the message "Do you want to save the global glossary and command changes?" appears. Click the Yes button to save your changes.
NOTE: If you are using a template other than Normal.dot, select either Global or Template in the Context box to indicate where the toolbar button modification(s) should be saved. If the Template option button is unavailable, modifications are saved to the Global template (Normal.dot).

The following table describes line spacing and the various WordBasic macro commands that control line spacing:
   Spacing Type                     Macro Command   Keyboard Shortcut
   ------------                     -------------   -----------------
   Single-spaced lines              SpacePara1      CTRL+1
   One-and-one-half-spaced lines    SpacePara15     CTRL+5
   Double-spaced lines              SpacePara2      CTRL+2


"Microsoft Word for Windows User's Guide," version 2.0, pages 723-725, back cover

"Using WordBasic," by WexTech Systems and Microsoft, page 289


Article ID: 83843 - Last Review: November 16, 2006 - Revision: 2.3
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