One space IS better than two – Microsoft has decided!

Microsoft Word flags double spaces as errors, ending the great space debate. What’s your thoughts?

Starting out as a PA in the 1980’s and completing my Secretarial studies with a distinction at 60 words a minute on a manual typewriter, part of my training involved the “drilling” of always using two spaces. Typewriters used monospaced fonts to allocate the same amount of horizontal spacing to every character. Narrow characters like “i” got the same amount of space as “m,” so the extra space after the “.” was needed to make it more apparent that sentences had ended. Word and many other similar apps make fonts proportional, so two spaces is no longer necessary.

Microsoft has settled the great space debate and sided with everyone who believes one space after a period is correct, not two. The software giant has updated Microsoft Word to highlight two spaces after a full stop (technically called a period) as an error and offers a correction to one space. Microsoft have tested this change with the desktop version of Word, offering suggestions through the Editor capabilities of the app.

If you’re still on the two-spacer side, you will be able to ignore the suggestion. The Editor feature in Word allows users to ignore the suggestion once, make the change to one space, or turn off the writing-style suggestion.


That hasn’t stopped the battle over one space or two from raging on for decades, however. Even a study back in 2018 on the hotly contested issue did not convince Microsoft. But, you will now see the new changes in Word have been rolled out – so congratulations to the “One Spacers”!

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