# Is it good style to use \newline instead of just leaving a blank line in order to get a new paragraph?

The two alternatives in my question of course lead to very different results. If you use \newline, then your paragraph will not begin indented. Also the spacing between the paragraphs differs.

I am asking this because this usage of \newline catches my eye in lots of documents.

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If you're trying to avoid indentation, see tex.stackexchange.com/questions/42/… (basically, use package parskip). –  ShreevatsaR Aug 4 '10 at 17:30
Also if you only want one paragraph without indentation, you can prefix it with \noindent. –  Caramdir Aug 4 '10 at 17:37
Right. If you're using \noindent too often in your document, though, it's a sign you're probably doing something the wrong way. –  ShreevatsaR Aug 4 '10 at 18:44
I know this has been answered below but the question needs a pithy reply: NO! –  Will Robertson Aug 27 '10 at 16:27