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I would like to change the amount of space that is added when I do FormatLine spacingAdd space before paragraph. It is possible to change this in Microsoft Word. Is there a way to do this in Google Docs?

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There is currently an option to do exactly that. I don't know if it was there before, but it is now.

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No. Currently Google Docs has no option to change that. You can only use the predefined spaces.

Update: It seems Google has added this option now. Look at @Zequez's answer.

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Are there choices for predefined spaces? It seems to just insert a space the same size as the current font (is that correct?). – David Doria Jun 23 '12 at 19:19
I can see 4 options. – Bibhas Jun 23 '12 at 19:26
Those line spacing options (1.0, 1.15, 1.5, 2.0) are not what I'm trying to change. Those are the space between lines within one paragraph. I am trying to change the space that occurs when you do "add space before paragraph" so that the space only occurs when you actually press the 'enter' key. – David Doria Jun 23 '12 at 19:50
Still, no way to change. – Bibhas Jun 24 '12 at 6:15

Well Googledocs is pretty useless in this respect. Worst case is to introduce a line feed and then reduce the font size on that line. One useful thing is that if you're using a numbered paragraph you can turn off numbering for your intervening line..... whcih you can then reduce the font on.

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Perhaps you can add some screenshots to show our audience what you're talking about? – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Jul 13 '13 at 9:50

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