Kathy, a Phoenix subscriber to Go Ask Debbie asks, “Can I make Word automatically add two spaces after each period like Word Perfect used to do?”
Word can’t exactly automatically add two spaces after a period, but you can change the Spelling & Grammar settings to add two spaces after the end of each sentence.
Follow these steps to learn how.
Word 2003 (and earlier):
Click on the “Tools” menu and select the “Options” item.
Click on the “Spelling & Grammar” tab.
In the “Grammar” section, click on the “Settings” button.
In the “Require” section, click on the “Spaces required between sentences” drop down list. Select the option you want. Click on “1” to require one (1) space between sentences. Click on the “2” to require two (2) spaces between sentences. Select the “don’t check” option if you do not want Word to correct the spacing for you.
NOTE: In our example above, to answer Kathy’s question, we would select “2.”
Click on the “OK” button to save the changes and return to your document.
Click on the “Office” button and select the “Word Options” button.
Click on the “Proofing” tab.
Scroll to the “Spelling & Grammar” section and click on the “Settings” button.
The same window appears as mentioned above for Word 2003.
Now that the “Spelling & Grammar” is set to require 2 spaces between sentences.
Word does not automatically add the two spaces. You must run the Spell Check in order for the spaces to be added.
HINT: To run Spell Check, click on the “Spellcheck” button on the toolbar. In Word 2007, the “Spellcheck” button is located on the “Review” tab.
Upon running Spell Check, Word automatically adds two spaces after each period.