In certain styles of text I define \parindent 0pt in the preamble and write the text in this manner:

paragraph 1\\

paragraph 2\\

and so forth. I wonder if there is anything I can include in the preamble for instance to modify how the end of paragraphs are interpreted so I don't have to include the \\ at the end of each?

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or perhaps better use


and never end a paragraph with \\ it just makes LaTeX generate loads of warnings and poor typesetting.

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    You can as well use {\baselineskip plus 0.15\baselineskip minus 0.5\baselineskip} to allow some stretch.
    – yo'
    Commented Aug 9, 2012 at 22:12
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    Yes that's better really (or there's the parskip package for a more complete job) I was was trying to keep it simple. Commented Aug 9, 2012 at 23:02
  • The parskip package is exactly what I needed - but the simplicity of this answer is nice too. When I try to compile with @tohecz answer though I get ! LaTeX Error: Missing \begin{document}..
    – hatmatrix
    Commented Aug 10, 2012 at 8:38
  • @tohecz comment was intended to be the argument to \setlength not a line on its own. Commented Aug 10, 2012 at 8:41

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