Every new release of Microsoft office has had its irritating little quirks, and 2010 is no exception. This time around, the issue lies in Word, in the default template. See, as far as I know, most people need their word documents to be formatted in one of two ways, at their core – they need them to be either double spaced or single spaced. Microsoft apparently didn’t get the memo on this one. See, the default template for Office 2010 is neither – it’s half-spaced.
No, it doesn’t make sense, and no, I’m not sure why they did it either.
Fortunately, it’s not all that difficult to fix it. All you have to do is go to the “Home” tab in a new document. Click on the little boxed arrow next to “Styles” (it should be to the right, directly next to the ‘editing’ toolbox).
A list of available styles should then pop up. From here, click on “Normal” and select “Modify Style.” Make sure you’ve got the “New Documents Based on This Template” option selected. From here, you can change the font, paragraph, language, style…you get the idea. In my case, I accessed the “Paragraph” tab and changed “line spacing” to “single,” and modified the paragraph layout so that there would be no space between the end of one paragraph and the beginning of the next.
Do what you will – it shouldn’t be too hard to customize Office 2010 to your liking now that you know how to do it.