# How do I add a line automatically before a listing

I am using the listings package and I want to automatically add a blank line before every listing. Any idea on how to do this?

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listings has a parameter aboveskip that defines the space above a listing. Set globally by adding \lstset{aboveskip=<length>} to the preamble.

\documentclass[11pt]{report}
\usepackage{listings}
\lstset{aboveskip=2\baselineskip,
frame=single}
\usepackage{kantlipsum}

\begin{document}
\kant[1]
\begin{lstlisting}
This be a listing.
\end{lstlisting}
\kant[3]
\end{document}

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Ah excellent! That worked perfectly for me. I must have missed that in the listings documentation. – jamtur01 Dec 23 '12 at 21:31

The easiest would be to create your own environment that adds the skip:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{lipsum,listings}% http://ctan.org/pkg/{lipsum,listings}
\lstnewenvironment{mylisting}[1][,]
{\vspace*{\baselineskip}%
\lstset{#1}% Add more default options here
}{}
\begin{document}
\lipsum[1]
\begin{mylisting}
Here is a listing
\end{mylisting}
\lipsum[2]
\end{document}


The use of \vspace* will insert a skip of \baselineskip (an empty line) even if the listing starts at the top of the page. If you wish to not have this, using \vspace instead should do the trick. As reference, see Adding vertical space at the start of a page.

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