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I only need to change the white gap between two paragraphs in a particular spot in my thesis. In particular I want to reduce the vertical white space. I know that I can do \\[5pt] to add more space. So I tried \\[-5pt]. But it did not work. Is there a quick way to just reduce the vertical white space between paragraphs.

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    Please provide a minimal working example that shows the problem. Do you want to reduce space between paragraphs in general or in one particular spot? You could try \vspace{-5pt} if it is just in one place but it is usually better to find a more systematic solution. – Christian Lindig Nov 4 '15 at 8:07
  • This should be possible by changing \parskip – user31729 Nov 4 '15 at 8:08
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    Never end a paragraph with \\ (whether positive or negative optional argument) <blank line>\vspace{-5cm} should work. – David Carlisle Nov 4 '15 at 9:07
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To reduce the white space between paragraphs:

Paragraph1 text text

\vspace{-5pt}

Paragraph 2 text text
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  • You might like to say where that has to go (eg by copying the rest of the above comment) also in an answer perhaps a more normal value might be better. – David Carlisle Nov 4 '15 at 11:10
  • You can put this between the paragraphs. I'll update the answer. – dorien Nov 4 '15 at 11:11
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    Yes but the behaviour is quite different depending whether or not you have the blank line before or after the \vspace. (normally you want it before, or both before and after, which is the same) – David Carlisle Nov 4 '15 at 11:13

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