# How can I get spacing between paragraphs while also keeping the default indentations?

I'm using the report documentclass, and the paragraph formatting looks something like this with two paragraphs:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nam ac odio est.
Morbi vel turpis ipsum.
Pellentesque ac ultricies mauris. Vivamus turpis dui, congue a hendrerit
vitae, accumsan  id nulla. Proin laoreet est id est tempor commodo.


However I would like to have:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nam ac odio est.
Morbi vel turpis ipsum.

Pellentesque ac ultricies mauris. Vivamus turpis dui, congue a hendrerit
vitae, accumsan  id nulla. Proin laoreet est id est tempor commodo.


I have tried the parskip package, which added the spacing between the paragraphs I'm looking for, but it also removed all of the indentations.

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Please, don't; only use the indent. You're spoiling without remedy your pages, particularly if some paragraphs are short. –  egreg May 13 '12 at 16:02

since \parindent is set only once in the parskip package, this should work:

\newdimen\oldparskip
\setlength{\oldparskip}{\parskip}
\usepackage{parskip}
\setlength{\parskip}{\oldparskip}

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There's no need for a package here- you can just set the length of \parskip

\setlength{\parskip}{1cm plus .5cm minus .5cm}


Note that this is an example of TeX's glue, which is a stretchable space. We specify that we would like the paragraph skip to be 1cm, but if TeX would like to change it (for pagination reasons), then it can increase or decrease by up to .5cm

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\setlength{\parskip}{1cm plus .5cm minus .5cm}

\begin{document}
\lipsum
\end{document}

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This will interfere with the other places in which \par is used (these are the places that the parskip package successfully avoids.) –  Alan Munn May 13 '12 at 16:36
@AlanMunn I hadn't realized this, thanks for pointing it out. I'll probably delete this answer soon. –  cmhughes May 13 '12 at 18:54