Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Breaking the "Double Space After Period" Addiction


For Valentine's Day, I present a very romantic post about page formatting.  You make think I'm being sarcastic, but learning that I could fix all the double spaces in my MS in about three seconds really did make swoon.

For those of you who don't know, in these modern times only one space belongs after a period instead of two.  Did I blow anyone's mind?  When I learned to type in the 90s, I was taught two spaces after the period and have been doing it ever since, up to and including this blog post.  But these days, professional writers only use one.  Why?  Although many formatting rules seem arbitrary to me, this one actually makes sense.  All of those extra spaces add up, which means extra pages in books that cost the publisher money.

I'm happy to use the one space rule, but it's not that easy.  It's been a long time since my typing was conscious.  These days, I just think words and my fingers do the rest.  So, I can't stop the two spacing even if I want to.  But don't lose hope, old-fashioned double spacers, I found this easy trick to replace all the double spaces in your MS in seconds.

Check it out here:



  1. I was never taught the double space rule, but I can't imagine having to think about typing again. That would be so hard!

  2. I just went through this exact same thing. I almost cried when I found the trick for the quick fix! I was so worried I would have to go through line by line and do a manual fix. Even now that I know about it, I still have to remind myself as I'm writing. See, I already forgot and typed with two spaces in the beginning of this post!

  3. I’ve learned a lot from your blog here, Keep on going, my friend, I will keep an eye on it.