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Start off a page by adding vertical space

I'm entirely new to LaTex, but I've been googling for a while and haven't found out how to do the following:

How can I start a document with several blank lines before my first line with text? As one in MS Word would just hit enter X times at the beginning of a document.

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marked as duplicate by cmhughes, Gonzalo Medina, Joseph Wright Nov 5 '11 at 7:04

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Thanks. I can't find any duplicate of this question (or the answer). But Boris provided an answer below, so it's all good. –  Sverre Nov 5 '11 at 21:10

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This is easy to do, e.g.

\vspace*{5\baselineskip}

but why would you want to do this?

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Thanks! I expected a "why" question. Simply because an article template I am following requires three blank 12pt lines before the first sentence on the first page ... –  Sverre Nov 5 '11 at 20:45

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