Too much spacing between lines. How do I fix?

I copied an attached document from gmail and now there are 4 or 5 blank lines after every two printed lines. How do I remove the blank lines and get the paragraph together?

You didn’t describe the offending document: is it an .odt or a .doc(x)?

Does the extra spacing occur on every line or only between paragraphs?

To answer this question, enable View>Formatting Marks because users frequently create vertical space between paragraphs with an empty paragraph.

Is the document “styled” or manually formatted?

This can be asserted by putting the cursor in a paragraph and looking at the “paragraph style” drop-down menu at bottom left of the toolbar. If it reads Default Style, manual formatting is in effect. Check a handful of paragraphs to make sure.

The fix depends on your purpose. If you intend to keep the document and review it on a “long-term” job, you’ll be better off to reformat it using styles consistently. If you throw it away after reading it, just play with Default Style properties:

  • open the styles catalog with F11
  • right-click on Default Style and Modify
  • go to the Indents & Spacing tab
  • change the above and below spacing or line spacing parameters
  • check the effects with Apply and repeat previous step
  • when you’re satisfied, push OK

In case this is not enough to solve your problem, answer my questions above through a comment, not an answer. Eventually, give more technical detail in your question itself (click on the edit link in the question).

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