# Occasional gap between paragraphs, no indent on first para

In LaTeX I'm using memoir class. I want to break long passages into logical units with some white inter-paragraph space. \medskip etc. indents the first subsequent paragraph - I want it unindented, as paragraphs are when starting a section. Can anyone advise? Thank you.

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This question is very similar to tex.stackexchange.com/questions/42/…. Please take a look at it as the information there might help you. If so, that's great, and we'll probably close this question as a duplicate just to keep the place tidy and to help people find answers quickly. If not, please edit your question here to explain why so that people can better focus their attention to help you. EDIT: Actually, tex.stackexchange.com/questions/22553/memoir-parskip-package is an even closer duplicate. –  doncherry Nov 20 '11 at 19:26
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I don't consider the two other questions in doncherry's comment to be similar. They are about getting space between all paragraphs and no indent in any paragraph. This question is about getting space between two blocks of paragraphs and indenting all paragraphs except the first one in a block. The newcommand in Werner's answer below works for me. –  maurits Nov 20 '12 at 22:03

Using \noindent removes the indent (of length \parindent) from a single paragraph and requires manual usage at every paragraph. To void the paragraph indent altogether, use

\setlength{\parindent}{0pt}


in your document preamble, or at the start of your document (after \begin{document}).

If you're after an automated approach to have some paragraphs not indented after placing a \medskip, you should define your own \medskipnoindent macro (defined as \medskip\noindent) that does exactly that. Here's a minimal example showing this:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{lipsum}% http://ctan.org/pkg/lipsum
\newcommand{\medskipnoindent}{\medskip\noindent}%
\begin{document}
\section{A section}
\lipsum[1] \medskip
\lipsum[2] \medskipnoindent
\lipsum[3]
\end{document}


The above example has a standard inter-paragraph skip. If you want to remove this, you could use \setlength{\parskip}{0pt}. Regardless, for any \parskip or \parindent-related modifications, consider using the parskip package.

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Try starting the paragraph with \noindent.

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I'll make this an answer instead. Try \fancybreak{}

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