Changing the appearance of a paragraph

This technique changes indents, spacing between paragraphs and/or the line spacing applied by default to paragraphs.

Open the relevant document or template.

In the Home tab, click the images/13i10.png button in the Paragraph group.

If necessary, click the Indents and Spacing tab.

Apply settings for the new paragraph style, using the options in the Paragraph dialogue box, then click the Set As Default button.


Word asks if you wish to set default alignment, indentation and spacing of paragraphs for the active document or for all documents based on the template used by the document (Normal template, in this case).

Select the This document only or New documents based on... option as required.

Click the OK button.

All paragraphs adopt the new standard appearance, except those which have a particular formatting applied to them.