# How to create a blank line between lines without using \\

In my tex document I have an ungodly amount of \\ from when I first started writing tex files. (~5000 in total)

Right now I am trying to delete all of them. I want to just have a blank line between two lines when I create a blink line in the unpublished tex file. Right now I have to hit \\ in order to create a blank line between them.

For example:

Right now:

In tex

ABC

DEF

In pdf

ABC
DEF

When I really want:

In tex

ABC

DEF

In pdf

ABC

DEF

Is there something to put in the preamble to make this happen?

Thanks

• A blank line between paragraphs starts a new one. Is that what you're looking for? – 1010011010 Aug 26 '15 at 6:33
• Now I'm confused. Do you want paragraphs to be marked by a vertical space instead of indentation? – moewe Aug 26 '15 at 6:41
• \usepackage{parskip} (documentation: ctan.cs.uu.nl/macros/latex/contrib/parskip/parskip-doc.pdf) or if you don't like packages: \parskip=<dimension> \parindent=0pt? – 1010011010 Aug 26 '15 at 6:43
• It sounds like Concept 1 should be a list item (eg description list) or a sub*section heading. Certainly you don't want \\  But to answer the original question parskip package is what you are looking for. but Concept 1 on its own isn't really a paragraph – David Carlisle Aug 26 '15 at 7:16
• @IllegalImmigrant tex.stackexchange.com/questions/154901/… – 1010011010 Aug 26 '15 at 8:18

You could try:

\documentclass{article}
% set space between paragraphs
\setlength{\parskip}{0.5cm}
% set indents for paragraphs
\setlength{\parindent}{0.0mm}
\begin{document}
ABC

DEF \vspace{2cm} % use vspace (vertical space) when a different spacing is needed.

GHI
\end{document}

• Thanks I applied this solution but it does not seem to affect the linespacing within {tcolorbox} do you know if there is a fix for that? – Rodrigo Amarante Aug 26 '15 at 8:14