# everything is bold, and pagebreaks are appearing in the wrong place

I'm just starting trying to use texmaker 3.3.2. I think I understand the basics but already in a very short document, I have multiple problems. I just downloaded texmaker so I don't think I accidentally changed any defaults or settings.

First problem: All the text is bold unless there is other formatting that overrides it, e.g. an enumerated list or table of contents.

Second: All of the pagebreaks appear one paragraph before I inserted them.

I'm using the default settings of PdfLaTeX + View PDF but I tried some of the others, and it still happens. At first I thought my text might have a sequence of characters causing the bold, but it clearly doesn't, since I replaced it with the dummy text below and it's still happening.

\documentclass[11pt,letterpaper,titlepage]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{amsfonts}
\usepackage{amssymb}
\author{Me}
\title{My title}
\begin{document}
\maketitle
\tableofcontents
\section*{Acknowledgements}
\paragraph{I would like to thank my research advisor.}
\paragraph{And some other people. }
\paragraph{This always ends up AFTER the page break, alas.}
\pagebreak
\section*{Abstract}
\paragraph{Most of the abstract.}
\paragraph{One more thing that also appears after a pagebreak.}
\pagebreak
\section{First section}
\end{document}

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Thank you! I'm glad I posted this before getting very far into it; it won't take me too long to clean up my excess zeal with the macros. – umbraphile Apr 14 '12 at 20:07
My comment did not get carried over in the migration, so in case there is any confusion the above is a response to: The bold text goes away if you simply don't use the \paragraph{} macro. Just leave a blank line between paragraphs. BTW, LaTeX related questions are better posted at TeX.SE. – Peter Grill Apr 17 '12 at 0:37

\paragraph is not intended for setting normal text, it is a heading, on the level below subsubsection. See any introductory text, such as the wikibook or The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX2e.

Just write normal text directly, and separate paragraphs with an empty line. Also, \newpage is usually better than \pagebreak (see comment by egreg). See \pagebreak vs \newpage for the difference between them.

\documentclass[11pt,letterpaper,titlepage]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{amsfonts}
\usepackage{amssymb}
\author{Me}
\title{My title}
\begin{document}
\maketitle
\tableofcontents
\section*{Acknowledgements}
I would like to thank my research advisor.

And some other people.

This always ends up AFTER the page break, alas.
\newpage
\section*{Abstract}
Most of the abstract.

One more thing that also appears after a pagebreak.
\newpage
\section{First section}
\end{document}

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I'd only use \newpage instead of \pagebreak which is useful for fine tuning the typesetting. – egreg Apr 15 '12 at 13:50
@egreg I'm wasn't really aware of the differences between them, I just copied the OPs MWE and fixed the paragraphs. I'll update my answer. – Torbjørn T. Apr 15 '12 at 13:57
In the case of oneside documents, which use \raggedbottom, the difference is not apparent, but try with a twoside document and you'll see it: \pagebreak flushes the page to the bottom margin, while \newpage doesn't. – egreg Apr 15 '12 at 14:01