Writing

How Many Spaces After a Period? One vs. Two Spaces

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Feb 25, 2022 • 2 min read

While there are many formal rules for punctuation marks and formatting, it’s easy to get tripped up on whether to use one or two spaces after a period. Learn why two spaces were originally used after a period and why the general rule today is to use one space after a period.