I am just starting to use LaTeX and I like it a lot.

When I am in a \subsection or \section I can use \quad as much as I wish and it works properly until I use a \newline (or any line breaking command for that matter). Until I change to the next section, \quad will no longer work. Any reason why that is and how I can fix it?

An example:

\quad abc  \quad bbc \newline \quad test \newline

The output:

    abc    bbc
  • Welcome to TeX.SE! it because of the indent added with \newline try with \newline \noindent
    – Cfun
    Jul 7, 2016 at 19:47
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    LaTeX normally removes horizontal space that comes at the beginning or end of a line see hspace-is-not-working-after-newline-command
    – Nasser
    Jul 7, 2016 at 19:51
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    \quad is an \hspace (actually \hskip). If it were \hspace*, that would have worked.
    – Werner
    Jul 7, 2016 at 19:52
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    @SAM: \newline doesn’t add \indent by itself, since it does not terminate the current paragraph, but forces a line break whitout leaving horizontal mode. On the other hand, if you do say \newline\indent, the space added by \indent will not disappear at line breaks (because it is actually a box).
    – GuM
    Jul 7, 2016 at 22:36

2 Answers 2


TeX removes spaces if they appear at the start of a line. You can insert a null object at the start of the line to prevent this.

\section{A section}
aaa  \quad\quad\quad bbb \newline
ccc  \quad\quad\quad ddd \newline
\null\quad\quad\quad eee fff


Of course, manually inserting line breaks is unusual, but this is the explanation.

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    \hspace*{1em}, not \null
    – egreg
    Jul 7, 2016 at 20:19
  • @IanThompson was wondering why adding manual line breaks is unusual. What would be a better approach? Jul 7, 2016 at 20:25
  • @user3501476 --- It depends what you want to do. What are you using them for at the moment? Jul 7, 2016 at 20:43
  • I was using the to create spacing after a table (embedded C++ code using the listings package). I also used them to create new paragraphs in a section which I suppose is incorrect. Jul 7, 2016 at 20:47
  • @user3501476 --- Use a blank line in the code to indicate a new paragraph. There are better ways to insert space after a table, but I don't know what's best without seeing an example (you could ask a new question about this). Jul 7, 2016 at 20:50

\quad inserts an \hskip which is absorbed at the start of a new line. If you want it to be used, use \hspace*{1em} (which is similar to a \quad).

You can update \quad to take a * as a possible argument, thereby using \hspace* rather than \hspace. The latter is gobbled after a line-break:

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\section{A section}
aaa  \quad\quad\quad bbb \newline
ccc  \quad\quad\quad ddd \newline
\quad*\quad\quad eee fff


You could do the same for \qquad.

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