After the first lines in a paragraph I have an unexpected indent. My question here is why is it there and how can I avoid it?

My .tex file is like this:



\textbf{part1}: +5 xyz\\*

\textbf{part2}: comments\\

\textbf{part3}: comments


Part 1 has no indenting, but part 2 and part 3 each start with the bold parts indented (if something from teh comments or description (description as a whole are not indented thus only the bold part is indented each) is in a new line then it is not indented each.

  • because you start new paragraphs, and paragraphs apart the first paragraph of a section are indented. if you don't want them to be indented use \noindent, i.e., \noindent\textbf{part2}...
    – Guido
    Jul 20, 2014 at 7:40
  • An empty line signifies a paragraph break, and the default way to mark new paragraphs is to start a new line and indent the first line of the paragraph. Generally you should (almost) never have to use \\ in the text, perhaps section 3.10 Paragraph markup of the KOMA-script manual is of interest. Jul 20, 2014 at 7:40
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    Just in case you want to remove all indents and use blank lines instead, you might try to add parskip=full to the KOMA-script options.
    – MaxD
    Jul 20, 2014 at 7:42

1 Answer 1


All the bold lines are first lines in new paragraphs. There is no indent in the first paragraph of a section, and there is indent in the following.

I would use \subsection or \subsection*, this will do what you want.

Alternatively put \noindent before the bold parts.

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