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How can I add an empty line between to paragraphs, thus separating them more strongly?

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marked as duplicate by lockstep, egreg, zeroth, Qrrbrbirlbel, Harish Kumar Mar 18 '13 at 22:59

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I'm almost sure this is a duplicate but \vspace{\baselineskip} should do the job. You can also put a factor in front of the \baselineskip to get more or less extra space.

As hinted at by David though:
Don't use this code unless you know what you are doing!
In all probability you will only make your typesetting worse, not better.

And to prove my point, I used three different skip amounts for my paragraphs in this post, too. Doesn't it look ugly and unstructured?

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@Dominik, although this is the accepted answer you shouldn't normally be adding explicit space within the document. See the answers in the linked duplicate question. TeX has a built in mechanism for automatically adding space between paragraphs. –  David Carlisle Mar 19 '13 at 0:07
@DavidCarlisle True, I should have used a "Don't do this unless you know what you are doing" disclaimer. Oh wait, I can edit. –  Christian Mar 19 '13 at 11:28
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I am usually using:

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\medskip is not based on the font size (defaults to 6pt plus 2pt minus 2pt), and therefore would be the same in 10pt or 12pt font, even though they each have different \baselineskips. –  Werner Mar 18 '13 at 23:34
It's almost always wrong to use \\ in a document other than its use to end tabular rows. Also, nless you are setting your whole document as a single paragraph this will generate the error message ! LaTeX Error: There's no line here to end. –  David Carlisle Mar 19 '13 at 0:04
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