In this handy guide, we've shared how to double space in InDesign, so you can format text for increased legibility or specific design needs.
How to Double Space in InDesign
1. First, load your current InDesign project or start a new document by selecting "File" > "New" > "Document". Select the Type tool in the main Tools panel (or press the T key). Drag diagonally on your project to create a new text frame, or click on an existing text frame with the Selection tool.
2. Start typing your text into the frame, or copy/paste text from another source with the shortcuts Ctrl+C (Command+C on Mac) and Ctrl+V (Command+V). You can also right-click on the text frame and choose "Paste" from the menu.
3. Next, bring up the Character panel by pressing Ctrl+T (Command+T). Below the setting for font style, you'll see a setting that determines the line spacing (the icon looks like an A with another A below it). In design terms, this spacing is known as leading.
4. To create double-spaced text, you need to adjust the leading value so it's twice as much as the font size. For example, if you're using 12-point font, you need to change the leading value to "24 pt". If double-spaced text feels too extreme (or not extreme enough), you can tweak the leading value until you find the ideal spacing. Enter new leading values into the Character panel, or hold Alt while pressing the up and down arrows to adjust the value by 2 points at a time.
5. Finally, if you click the Leading drop-down arrow, you'll find an "Auto" setting at the top of the list. When "Auto" is selected, InDesign will analyze the type and select a leading value based on the text size and frame. This is a handy feature, but in most cases, we recommend entering a manual leading value.
Tips for Spacing
When determining the leading value for a text frame, consider how easy it is to scan from one line to the next. If you're having trouble finding the next line in a paragraph while reading, you should probably increase the leading value.
On the other hand, it's also possible to have excessive leading. Reading should be a natural and continuous process, but with too much leading, the negative space begins to distract from the words themselves.