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    Formatting email-double spacing?
    I've seen old discussions about this, but nothing recent. I'm trying to put a double-spaced manuscript into the body of the email (no attachments allowed). Is it possible to do that these days? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alcowonderland View Post
    I've seen old discussions about this, but nothing recent. I'm trying to put a double-spaced manuscript into the body of the email (no attachments allowed). Is it possible to do that these days? Thanks.
    I'm not quite sure what you mean. If you copy/paste the contents into your email, then the double-spacing should remain.

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    Formatting -double spacing
    The double spacing doesn't remain if you copy and paste from either word or test edit. I also tried copy and pasting from a PDF. It all goes to single spacing in the body of the email.

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    Well i dont use Word but in Text Edit i just copied your post into it, and added a extra space, then ⌘C and ⌘P into a new email window and it kept the double spacing.
    If its not working for you, try ⇧⌥⌘V (Shift + Option + Command + V) which is 'Paste and Match Style'

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    Agreed with TM here. I had no trouble keeping the space in some text I copied/pasted.

    Oh wait... I just realized what you wanted. Double-spacing, not a space between paragraphs. *slaps head*

    I pasted some text in Pages and converted the line spacing to "double", then copied that. I was hopeful TM's suggestion would work, but no dice. "Paste and Match Style" doesn't work for double-spacing.

    Let me dwell on this and experiment some. I have a couple ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TattooedMac View Post
    Well i dont use Word but in Text Edit i just copied your post into it, and added a extra space, then ⌘C and ⌘P into a new email window and it kept the double spacing.
    Did you just hit enter between lines or double space the document?

    There's one way to do this. Copy the content and then, in Mail (assuming this is what you're using), go to Edit > Paste as Quotation. If you don't like the quotation style, simply right click the pasted content and select Quote Level > Decrease.
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    Mail's default setting for composing is 'Plain text' - double spaced text copied into it will default to single spaced - no matter how you copy it the best I can tell.

    Open Mail - Preferences - Composing
    Change 'Message format' to 'Rich Text'.

    It will now keep your double spacing when you paste into it.

    Warning: it will not keep the double spacing in an email you're composing that was opened prior to the change. You will have to open a new message.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vansmith View Post
    Did you just hit enter between lines or double space the document?
    Lol i had double spaced in between words, then hit enter to double space between Paragraphs from Text Edit.

    But i only use mail to send and receive nothing fang dangled like double spacing things
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    Mail's default setting for composing is 'Plain text' - double spaced text copied into it will default to single spaced - no matter how you copy it the best I can tell.

    Open Mail - Preferences - Composing
    Change 'Message format' to 'Rich Text'.

    It will now keep your double spacing when you paste into it.

    Warning: it will not keep the double spacing in an email you're composing that was opened prior to the change. You will have to open a new message.
    I tried this myself and it won't keep the double-spacing. I've been looking around and trying everything, including different email clients, and I can't get double-spacing to stick. I was hoping that WordService had an option to put a hard break after each line, but no go. From doing some searching, it appears Outlook may support it, but that seems to be it.

    The only thing I believe the OP can do is manually add a hard return after each line. He could probably write an Automator action to make this a bit easier if the document is really long.

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    Don't have Word - I use LibreOffice.

    However, saving a document in Libre as 2007 xlsx file with double spacing, copied and pasted with Mail set to Rich Text and works here.

    ??? - Am out of ideas - don't use text documents very much at all.


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    Now it's not here either.
    Why'd it work the first time???
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    Don't have Word - I use LibreOffice.

    However, saving a document in Libre as 2007 xlsx file with double spacing, copied and pasted with Mail set to Rich Text and works here.

    ??? - Am out of ideas - don't use text documents very much at all.
    I can't get it to work here, even pasting from LibreOffice. ALTHOUGH! I just noticed something. If I use the simple "Paste", it keeps the font/size I had set in LibreOffice (or Pages for that matter). If I use "Paste and Match Style", I actually lose the font/size. WTF?????? That's the exact opposite of what I would think I'd see (barring lack of double-spacing).

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    Going back in and trying it a second time - not working here any longer either???
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    Quote Originally Posted by vansmith View Post
    There's one way to do this. Copy the content and then, in Mail (assuming this is what you're using), go to Edit > Paste as Quotation. If you don't like the quotation style, simply right click the pasted content and select Quote Level > Decrease.
    Quote Originally Posted by lifeisabeach View Post
    I tried this myself and it won't keep the double-spacing. I've been looking around and trying everything, including different email clients, and I can't get double-spacing to stick.
    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    ??? - Am out of ideas - don't use text documents very much at all.


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    Now it's not here either.
    Why'd it work the first time???
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    Quote Originally Posted by vansmith View Post
    *cough* *cough* (pointing to myself, waving hands wildly in the air).
    Hmmm, ah, what?

    *rechecks thread*

    Oh... ok. "Paste as..... " EDIT: No... that doesn't work. "Paste as Quote" does not maintain the double-spacing preference. I think we all keep getting confused here. Do this: Paste a large block of text (single paragraph, even this one you are reading now) into TextEdit and make it a Rich Text document from the Format menu. Once done, you will get a toolbar with an option that defaults to 1.0 (for single spacing). Change that to 2.0 (for double spacing). See what happens? Now copy that and try pasting into an email using any of the pasting options available.

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