I have two sections which I'd like to separate by an empty line. Every time I press Enter, LyX removes that empty line between paragraphs. How do I prevent this?


This is LyX's way of staying true to LaTeX where successive blank lines are merged - a good thing when you're talking about consistent document layout/design. If you wish to insert a forced vertical skip, insert an ERT containing either \smallskip, \medskip, \bigskip or a fixed \vspace{<len>} where you specify <len>. For a fixed/hard, single blank line, use \vspace{\baselineskip} (roughly the same as \bigskip).

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The other lengths that were mentioned are "softer" and allow for some stretch/shrink.

For consistency, you can also increase the skip between paragraphs (known as \parskip) under Document > Settings... > Text Layout > Separate paragraphs with > Vertical space:

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  • When shoul I use \newline instead? – skan Apr 21 '17 at 10:23
  • That \vspace{} seems really useful. :-ThumbUp – AHB Jun 12 '17 at 15:36

You can use bigbreak:

alfa bravo
charlie delta

Background (from @egreg answer in a more general question)

\bigbreak isn't listed in the LaTeX manual. It removes a preceding vertical space if it's less than what it would insert; it also terminates a paragraph and tells TeX that it marks a good point where a page break may happen.


If you want a finer control over your layout you can use \vskip.

Some text
\vskip 0.2in
Some text

You can change the value and units should you desire.

Anothing thing you can do is create a custom command:

    \vskip 1cm

So now you can just type \newpara in much the same way as \newline:

Some text
Some text

Not sure how this functions in LyX but since it uses the LaTeX language it should work


No need to use extra code other than double backslash. After ending a paragraph, give \\ and put an empty line there. Combinedly it will work for putting an extra blank line.


I am a LaTeX user.\\

I am a LaTeX user.

Check this. It will give an extra empty line between the two lines.

And if you want to use any other size of spacing, you can use \\[]. For example: \\[2in]

This will put an extra 2-inch space between the two lines.

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    Welcome to TeX.SX! I'm afraid this isn't a good way of doing things. You should never end a paragraph with \\, see e.g. Best choice between using \\ or leaving space after each paragraph to end the paragraph and [When to use \par and when \\ ](tex.stackexchange.com/q/82664) – Torbjørn T. Jan 12 '16 at 20:52
  • Hi, thanks for your answer But as I faced, putting only a blank space doesn't help in putting an extra blank line between the paragraph. Even using \par does not either. So what should be used for putting a blank line between two paragraph, without front indent? – Saiful Islam Jan 15 '16 at 23:09
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    For LyX, see the above answer. For LaTeX, add \usepackage{parskip} to the preamble. – Torbjørn T. Jan 15 '16 at 23:56
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    @TorbjørnT. I am new to LaTeX but I think one of its main problem is the lack of a true command for paragraphs spacind.\parskip does awfull things to section spacing, and table of contents !! – John Marjan Apr 29 '16 at 16:37
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    @JohnMarjan Ehm, OK. I've never had that problem, as I hardly ever have the need to change the parskip. And I'm just a user, so complaining to me is sort of pointless to be honest. (Also, I didn't say anything about modifying \parskip (with \setlength), I said add \usepackage{parskip}.That doesn't modify the ToC at least. Note that some document classes (KOMA classes and memoir at least, I think) have their own interfaces for this sort of thing.) – Torbjørn T. Apr 29 '16 at 17:06

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