4 Quick Ways to Increase the Space between the Lines in Bulleted or Numbered List in Word

In this article, there are 4 quick ways to enlarge the space between the lines in bulleted or numbered list in Word.

There must be a lot of times when you will create bulleted or numbered list in your file. And by default, the line spacing of the list is set in “Single”. Then what if you want to increase the space between 2 list items? A larger space surely can make the list look clear in the eye. So today, we will share 4 methods on fixing this very problem.

Method 1: Press “Shift+ Enter”

  1. Firstly, place your cursor at the end of one list item.
  2. Then press “Shift+ Enter”. And you shall see there is a larger space between the first list item and the second. Repeat the action several times until you finish all the items in one list.Press "Shift+ Enter"

Method 2: Use “Separate List” Option

  1. For example, if you want to widen the space between the first item and the second one, you should position the insertion pointer within the second item.
  2. Then right click on it.
  3. On the list menu, choose “Separate List”.Right Click on List item->Choose "Separate List"

Here is the result:Effect of Clicking "Separate List"


  1. Always remember to right click on the second list item if you need to enlarge the blank above it.
  2. Don’t right click on the first item, for you will only have the “Separate List” option grayed out.
  3. Never select multiple list items at one time but a single one instead. Otherwise, the “Separate List” option shall gray out, too.Separate List Command Grayed out

Method 3: Change Line Spacing

It’d quite easy to figure out that changing line spacing to a larger value can address the issue.

  1. First of all, select the entire list.
  2. Then right click.
  3. Now choose “Paragraph” on the menu.Select the Entire List->Right Click->Choose "Paragraph"
  4. Next in the “Paragraph” dialog box, choose a line spacing value larger than single.
  5. Finally, click “OK”.Set Line Spacing->Click "OK"

Method 4: Use Word Macro

  1. First of all, click “Developer” tab then the “Visual Basic” to open VBA editor.Click "Developer"->Click "Visual Basic"
  2. Next, you need to insert a new module by clicking the “Normal” first.
  3. Then click “Insert” and “Module” next.Click "Normal"->Click "Insert"->Click "Module"
  4. Now double click on the newly created module to enter editing space.
  5. Paste the following codes there:
Sub ChangeListSpaceTo1pt5()
  Selection.Paragraphs.LineSpacingRule = wdLineSpace1pt5
End Sub

Sub ChangeListSpaceToDouble()
  Selection.Paragraphs.LineSpacingRule = wdLineSpaceDouble
End Sub
  1. The first macro changes the line spacing to 1.5 lines and the second to double lines. You can choose one accordingly. Then place cursor inside the code lines.
  2. Click “Run”.Paste Codes->Click "Run"

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