# Proper way of line breaking [duplicate]

I know 2 options to break the line.

Option 1:

Abcdef\\
Ghijkl


Result:

Abcdef
Ghijkl


Option 2:

Abcdef

Ghijkl


Result:

Abcdef
Ghijkl


Are there any rules when to use which?

PS: I'm using scrreprt as my document class.

• There's also \newline and \linebreak by the way. See What is the difference between \newline and \\? and also this page: Line breaks and blank spaces and the related Reference guide – Alenanno Jun 18 '15 at 23:08
• Short answer: never use Option 1 in the regular body of your document. Use it to end the row in a tabular or align environment, for example, but not to start a new line in the main text. – cfr Jun 18 '15 at 23:11
• \\ fills the rest of the current line with white space, so LaTeX cannot fit anything else there. An blank line in your source tells LaTeX to start a new paragraph. – onewhaleid Jun 18 '15 at 23:17
• For option 2, you should add \noindent \ unless you do want some indentation. – Bernard Jun 19 '15 at 0:04
• This is surely a duplicate? @Bernard Usually, you shouldn't need to. If you are doing that at all often, there is something wrong with your mark up. (There is often something wrong with mine, but that just confirms the point. :() – cfr Jun 19 '15 at 0:12