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I have several frameboxes in my document, using the following command:

\framebox(115,115){ R-Sq: \newline For example} 

I want to force a new line, but neither \newline or \\ appear to work. Is there any other way of doing this?

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TH. has suggested putting the framebox around another box, but specifying the size can be awkward. Here's my (note: plug) solution to the problem:

\framebox(115,115){\minibox{R-Sq:\\ For example}}

A ‘minibox’ is exactly equivalent to a tabular in the current implementation; I just wanted the shorter markup. I've considered adding frames to the minibox package but haven't had the chance to look at it yet.

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Thank you - that also worked. As I have several frameboxes, I am using both answers to be equitable! – celenius Jan 11 '11 at 2:13
@celenius I forgot to mention you can also centre the contents by writing \minibox[c] if that helps. – Will Robertson Jan 11 '11 at 2:18
Yeah, the length is sort of awkward. As I recall from when I looked a few hours ago, it basically did \vbox to #1\unitlength{\vss\hbox to #2\unitlength{\hss#4\hss}\vss}, so that's where I got the width of the \parbox. – TH. Jan 11 '11 at 6:36

At the risk of beating a dead horse, I find the framed package works most convenient.

   My long text that needs new lines.

You need not worry about sizing--line breaks are automatic. It works well with the beamer class too.

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G'on and beat the horse. This helped me. – Geoff Jun 21 '14 at 19:16
Same here, because I can't use mdframed because of a conflict. – magu_ Dec 3 '15 at 22:56

If you dig through the chain of macro expansions, you see that \framebox(x,y)[z]{text} ends up typesetting text in an \hbox.

So you can use this.

    \parbox{115\unitlength}{R-Sq:\\For example}%

Where all I've done is put the input inside an appropriately sized \parbox.

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Thanks for the suggestion. I tried this and it worked perfectly. (As the text is right against the framebox line, I chose a slightly smaller size (110)) – celenius Jan 11 '11 at 2:12

@celenius One way to insert a newline in a framed box using \\ (\newline itself does not work with this method), using just the amsmath package and without defining a parbox, is to use boxed with array. For example:

\textrm{short line}\\
\textrm{long line containing a relatively large number of characters}\\
\textrm{short line again}
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