I am writing on a larger text and sometimes I want to begin a new paragraph. So I don't want to have a new heading, just a space for visiual reasons. Currently I use the solution with \\ \newline

For example:

Here is my text text text and now I finish this thought. 
\\ \newline 
Here I begin with another aspect....
 text text

Another solution I can imagine is with vspace, but this is also not really professional, so how should I do this?

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    Don't end paragraphs with \\, but leaving an empty line between them. If you really want a vertical space between two paragraphs (but this is rarely necessary or useful), type \medskip after the empty line and before the new paragraph. An empty line after \medskip is optional (but good).
    – egreg
    Commented Apr 29, 2013 at 10:50
  • @egreg this is not helping me. If I just put in an empty line I do NOT get a new paragraph in my pdf file? It just goes on in the next line, but there is no space between it? This is not a substitute for \\ \newline ? This is just like \\ Commented Apr 29, 2013 at 11:17
  • @egreg \medskip is not big enough Commented Apr 29, 2013 at 11:19
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    @StatTistician You sound like you want blank lines between paragraphs: the typographic tradition adopted 'out of the box' by LaTeX is to have an indent for the first line of each paragraph with no gap. Try \usepackage[parfill]{parskip}.
    – Joseph Wright
    Commented Apr 29, 2013 at 11:53
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    Then use \bigskip (but my advice is just doing a new paragraph).
    – egreg
    Commented Apr 29, 2013 at 11:53

1 Answer 1


As mentionned in the comments, you should not end paragraphs by \\ \newline, but rather leave an empty line between the paragraphs. Of course, as with many rules there may be an occasion where it is better not to respect it, but these cases are rare.

If you wish to have ALL of your paragraphs separated by more space, you can use \parskip = 10pt (or some other length) in the preamble. There are also some packages that can do this.


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