Updated: 10/04/2017 by Computer Hope
Double space may refer to any of the following:
1. In text formatting, a double space means sentences contain a full blank line (the equivalent of the full height of a line of text) between the rows of words. By default, most programs have single spacing enabled, which is a slight space between each line of text, similar to how this paragraph looks. Most word processors and browsers allow for custom spacing.
Example of double spacing
Here is an example of how a
sentence with double spacing
Example of single spacing
And here is an example of how a
sentence with single spacing
2.DoubleSpace is a technology from Microsoft that compresses and uncompresses the data on a hard drive using FAT. By compressing the data contained on a hard drive more data can be stored on a hard drive. Today, with bigger hard drives and newer file systems DoubleSpace is no longer used.
White space, Word processor, Word processor terms
The word count for a page will vary depending on font size and type, margin size, and spacing elements (single/double space, blank lines, subheadings, graphics).
For a page with 1 inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font, and minimal spacing elements, a good rule of thumb is 500 words for a single spaced page and 250 words for a double spaced page. Using this as an example, a 3-4 page double spaced paper is 750-1000 words, and a 7 page double spaced paper would be 1750 words.
Assignments often specify a research paper or essay length in terms of words, rather than pages - a paper of 750-1000 words or a paper of 1500-1750 words. This way a student's paper will still meet their instructor's length expectations, regardless of varying font size, margin size, or use spacing elements.
When viewing an electronic version of a student paper in MicroSoft Word, the exact word count can be easily determined. Some research assignments require students to include the word count of their paper.
Also, clarify with your instructor whether the words on the title page, abstract (if used), and reference list count toward the expected word/page count.