The difference between a paragraph and a line break

Running Time: 00m 52s


This video demonstrates the difference between a paragraph and a line break.

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About this video

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To create a new paragraphs - Press Enter

Paragraphs in the content are separated by a small amount of padding between them, usually the height of a line of text. Visually, it looks as though there is a blank line separating the two paragraphs.


To create Line Breaks - Hold Shift and Press Enter (known as a carriage return or soft return)

When a line break is inserted the cursor moves down a single line, which is different from the paragraph which ends the paragraph and starts a new one. When you hold Shift and press Enter a line break tag is inserted ( <br /> ) and the text entered after the line break will appear on the next line down.


When to take care with this

1) If you have text wrapping around an image, then a paragraph break will actually push the text down below the image, which in most cases is not what you want. If you need to create a new line within text that wraps around an image, be sure to use the soft return (press SHIFT + ENTER), rather than just ENTER on it's own.

2) If you have a paragraph set to multi-column to give a newspaper like effect, creating a new paragraph can really mess with this because it creates a new multi-column container below, and visually it looks all wrong. In this situation, make sure you use a soft return when you want to move onto a new line.