If you utilized a line spacing of 12 points, you'd obtain exactly 6 lines per inch since 6 x 12pt = 72pt = 1 inch. You can verify this by opening a new document and typing 1 inch then clicking the Page Layout tab. If your page doesn't appear exactly 1 inch high, there's a problem.
In Word, there are 72 points per inch, therefore your nine inches of vertical space is worth 648 points. When you divide this by the amount of lines you want on the page (25), you get 25.92 points per line. This is your line spacing, and it's an important figure to remember; you'll need it shortly.
The point size affects how much space one letter occupies. Smaller points mean more letters per inch, so a one-point font would be extremely dense while a 12-point font would be very light.
Let's say you wanted your text to be as close as possible without touching it. You could start with 24-point type and then go down to 20 points for two lines of text. That would leave eight inches between lines of text - enough room to fit some rather large words without having them overlap.
As you can see, choosing different point sizes will affect the amount of space between lines of text. It's important to choose a point size that's large enough to keep your words separated but not so large that it looks like garbage!
For most books, I recommend starting with 11-point type and then going down to 8 or 7 points depending on how long your words are. This should give you plenty of space to write without worrying about running out of room.
In many writing, especially legal writing, double-spacing—24 points per line or 3 lines per inch—became the norm. On a regular letter-sized page, a one-inch top margin and a half-inch bottom margin are left, resulting in 9.5 inches of useable area. Within that space, you can write up to 25 lines of text, including spaces between words and paragraphs.
In modern publishing, single spacing- 12 points per line or 1.5 lines per inch-is now the default option. This leaves more room on the page for illustrations and other decorations, while not sacrificing readability. It's also what most word processors will do automatically when you hit Return after typing a paragraph.
So, two lines of single-spaced text measure about 6 inches each, or 30 inches total. Three lines of double-spaced text measure about 9 inches each, or 27 inches total. There are actually 31 inches in a foot, but that's close enough for this example.
This is important to know if you're creating artwork for publication and need to match the text size used in the sample copy shown in books and magazines. If you don't want to scale your artwork down, it's best to make sure it'll fit within the margins provided by the printer.
For web graphics, set your browser to display all images in CSS rather than using the "View Image" tool.
10th of October, 2020 • updated May 12th, 2021 • edited June 4th, 2021
Line spacing does more than just help readers read your text easily; it also affects other parts of your document. For example, if you choose to use hanging indents for each paragraph, then you will need to make sure that the first line of each paragraph is not too far below the surface so that it doesn't touch the preceding line when you type an indent. If it's too deep, Word will try to fix it for you by moving the whole paragraph up the page, which isn't what you want.
You can check the depth of your lines by selecting some text and looking at the Indent section of the Paragraph group on the Home tab. The default line height is 14 points, but you may want to change this for various reasons, such as if you plan to reproduce your text in another program where 12 points is the standard point size.
To set a different line spacing for headings, simply set the Hyphenation option in the Show/Hide menu to Headers or Title Cards.
Line length in typography is the breadth of a block of typeset text, commonly measured in units of length such as inches, points, or characters per line (in which case it is a measure). A block of text or paragraph has a maximum line length that corresponds to a certain design. For example, a newspaper article may have a maximum line length of 7½ inches, so that no matter how long or short the article is, there will be room for a headline and sub-headline below it.
In computer graphics and digital printing, the term "line width" or "linewidth" refers to the total width of a line drawn with a pen on paper or similar surface. The term originates from the fact that early computers were constructed out of wood, and lines were rendered by drawing a series of connected dots across the surface.
Dot matrix printers used lines formed by single drops of ink, while laser printers use lines formed by multiple droplets. Today's desktop printers use pixels instead. Pixels are individual points of light within a digitized image that can be individually controlled via an electronic signal. Pixels are the building blocks for all printed images, and they can be used to recreate anything from a simple word document to a full-color photograph.
The quality of a printer determines how well its head moves back and forth across the page, and how small or large each dot of color is.
The ideal line length for your body text is 50–60 characters per line, including spaces ("Typographie," E. Ruder). According to some sources, up to 75 characters are permitted. Anything longer than that and you risk being considered pompous.
Generally speaking, the shorter the better. Long blocks of text are difficult to read. If you need to show an article or section of an article, use the element.
The best way to write clear English is to avoid unnecessary length. A sentence or phrase that needs to be long enough to be understood easily will always be understood accurately. A word or phrase that doesn't convey its meaning clearly when short causes unnecessary confusion when expanded into a long sentence.