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Is there an easy way to have my whole document with a space between paragraphs rather than indentation?

I would like to have my paragraphs separated by a blank line, with no indentation of the first line on the new paragraph, instead of the standard newline with indentation.

This gives me the desired results:

...and this is how the first paragraph ends.\\

\noindent After a blank line, I'm ready to begin a new part of this story...

However, it's quite tedious to have to write \\ (newline) (newline) \noindent at every paragraph break. How do I tell LaTeX that this is what I want by specifying this once?

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marked as duplicate by Tomas Lycken, Tom Bombadil, lockstep, cgnieder, percusse Sep 9 '12 at 20:54

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A straightforward way would be:

\setlength{\parindent}{0pt}
\setlength{\parskip}{\baselineskip}

However, you could consider to use the parskip package. It works better with lists, for example.

\usepackage[parfill]{parskip}

It uses 0.5\baselineskip, but you can change that. The option parfill is a useful addition: it avoids that a paragraph ends almost flush right. So, paragraphs could easier be distinguished. This is done by modifying the \parfillskip length (\setlength{\parfillskip}{30\p@ \@plus 1fil}).

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For the KOMA-Script classes, there's also the option [parskip], like e.g. \documentclass[parskip]{scrbook}. –  Tom Bombadil Sep 9 '12 at 15:24
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