And yet, very basic concepts about document formatting are poorly understood, and Microsoft doesn’t do anybody any favors by making it easier.So, for anyone who has ever wondered, here’s a short primer on font size and line spacing. Thus, a 12-point font is 1/6 of an inch high, as measured from the lowest descender (the tails on letters such as g, j, and y) to the highest ascender (the top parts of letters such as b, d, and h). In reality, a “12-point” font is what looks good with other “12-point fonts.” Here are two letters, in Times New Roman and in Courier New, at the same font size (e.g., 12 pt), with line next to them that is exactly that length (e.g., 1/6 inch).
Today, it’s found as the “line spacing” option in the “Paragraph” formatting menu of Word: Back in the old days of typewriters, line spacing was always 6 lines per inch (12 points per line).
This was a mechanical feature of the type writer; it could not be changed.
Your only real options for line spacing were to type single-spaced with 12 points per line, or to insert a carriage return between line to double-space the text at 24 points per line.
Double-spacing — 24 points per line or 3 lines per inch — became the norm in much writing, in particular legal writing.
Therefore, a 1500 word, Single-Spaced page would be around 3 to 4 pages.
Here's one that I use, although there are probably many others out there: The length of a paragraph is not measured by pages or even words. A paragraph is just one of a series of subsections each usually devoted to one idea and each usually marked by the beginning of a new line, indentation, or increased interlinear space.Most word processors and browsers allow for custom spacing.Double Space is a technology from Microsoft that compresses and uncompresses the data on a hard drive using FAT.Nonetheless, they are both called “12-point” fonts, and that is important for how Word treats them.Leading (rhymes with “wedding”) is the distance from one line of text to the next line; its name reflects the fact that typographers used to alter the line spacing by putting strips of lead between lines.If you type documents in Word for a living, you probably use 12-point Times New Roman. As you can see, the two fonts are not the same size, and neither one is a full 12-points high.“12-point” Times New Roman really takes up about 11 points of vertical space, and “12-point” Courier New really takes up about 10 point of vertical space.On a standard letter-sized page, one left a one-inch top margin and a half-inch bottom margin, leaving 9.5 inches of usable space.At 3 lines per inch, this left room for 28 lines per page.For a more precise estimate, a few web sites have "words-to-pages" calculators.You can specify the font, size, and line spacing as well.