I am writing a long LaTeX document using the book documentclass, and after having typed already almost 400 pages, I have decided I want to change the format for new paragraphs to be more similar to the letter style, meaning that instead of an indented line, I would like to have some vertical space between paragraphs (not as much as a whole line) and the new paragraph to begin without indentation.

I could do this by placing \noindent at the beginning of each paragraph, and maybe adjusting the space with \vspace, but I imagine there is a better way than doing this one paragraph at a time for over 400 pages...

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    \usepackage{parskip}. But, please, don't inflict pages full of white bands to your readers…
    – egreg
    Mar 19, 2022 at 13:55
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    – Lorenzo B.
    Mar 19, 2022 at 15:55
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    You might play with lettrine for a more classic look. Mar 19, 2022 at 16:16

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You can do \usepackage{parskip}, but, please, compare the two images below: the shorter your paragraph, more white bands across the page will appear. Maybe good for a letter; for books, I strongly adverse it.

For the first image I commented out \usepackage{parskip}.


\usepackage{lipsum} % for mock text




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  • Oh boy, oh boy... I never really realized how bad paragraph skips actually look...
    – campa
    Mar 19, 2022 at 14:11
  • The white bands are good for eyes. Mar 19, 2022 at 17:47
  • @user271232 I don't think so. And generations of typographers agree.
    – egreg
    Mar 19, 2022 at 17:49
  • I really think that the default parskip is too much (something as double what it should be). With 5pt plus 1pt it's much better
    – Rmano
    Mar 20, 2022 at 11:29
  • Although, thinking a bit more, in a physical, two-sided book is a nonno, because it basically kills the alignment in the lines in a spread. I use it just for online documents.
    – Rmano
    Mar 20, 2022 at 11:46

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