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WordPad: Disable Spacing After Paragraphs

SUMMARY: Prevent WordPad from adding extra space after paragraphs that might cause problems when exporting to .TXT format.

By default, when writing documents in WordPad in Windows 8, an extra 10 pt of spacing is added after each paragraph for stylistic reasons. This way one does not have to press Enter twice after the end of each paragraph for space to appear between.

There may be times, however, where you find this behavior annoying. Perhaps you are writing a document in WordPad and need to save a copy in .TXT format. In this case, your paragraphs will appear one line after the next, without any spacing, because this 10pt of spacing is not converted to a line break. Or maybe you edit all of your text documents in WordPad because you like the zoom features or ability to quickly change the font via the Ribbon. Likewise, your text documents will not have the added spacing and may not look as intended.

1. From WordPad, click the "Home" tab in the Ribbon if it is not already selected.

2. In the "Paragraph" section, click the line spacing button at the top-right (see the below screenshot).

3. When the pop-up menu appears, uncheck "Add 10pt space after paragraphs".

Removing the 10pt of spacing that WordPad adds after the end of each paragraph

This tip is geared toward Windows 8 with a keyboard and mouse interface.

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