# How to put two newlines in LaTeX

How can I put two consecutive newlines in LaTeX? If I put two \\ the compiler gives me an error.

• You should add the error you are getting. Also there is a speific stackoverflow for Latex. Oct 16 '14 at 8:53
• It gives me only a question mark, sorry about putting the topic in the wrong place.
– alexrn
Oct 16 '14 at 8:58
• Not sure why you need it. You could use \\[\baselineskip].
– user10274
Oct 22 '14 at 14:27
• Perhaps this is old behaviour, but four backslashes in a row in a minimal document does not give me an error. Anyway, \ should nearly never be used in text mode, only in special environments. Mar 13 '18 at 16:07

You can either specify two line breaks with

\\~\\


or specify the height of the break (for example, for a 2-inch break)

\\[2in]


You can use this form to define the height of the break to be actually two lines

\\[2\baselineskip]


• All 3 of your commands work as advertised, but they throw the following messages when using TexMaker and linux command line pdflatex: "Type: Badbox" (the line number it happens on and "Message: Underfull \hbox ..." and these messages seem to appear no matter what type of content occurs before them. Thoughts? Aug 22 '19 at 2:45

The “correct” way to do this is adding \medskip or \bigskip:

...
some words that end a paragraph.

\medskip % or \bigskip

Here the new paragraph starts
...


You could also type

\par\null\par