Increase margin between paragraphs

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David Weinberger

13 Feb, 2017 06:30 PM

Is there a way, in a style sheet, to increase the spacing between default paragraphs? This is to avoid having to use two Returns, which cause some converters to create extra elements in .docx files.

Yes, it's a total nit :)


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Fletcher on 15 Feb, 2017 12:49 AM

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    You can't change the paragraph spacing per se, but you can change the
    line height which changes the spacing between all lines. With a blank
    line between paragraphs, it exaggerates the difference.

    Experiment with the setting in the "Appearance" preferences, and then
    you can modify a style sheet with your preferred number.


  2. 2 Posted by jonathan on 30 Sep, 2017 09:15 PM

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    That's a shame. It's not good form to put two newlines just to get greater vertical spacing. This typography ought to be controlled by the layout engine without hacks like that. This is the case in LaTeX, HTML, Word, Pages, InDesign, and in the text editor Bear.
    Personally I also don't like the waste of vertical space in the editing window that comes from inserted two newlines.

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Fletcher on 30 Sep, 2017 10:34 PM

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    See this other discussion as to why trying to change paragraph spacing doesn't really work in Markdown document editors:

    You will always need two newlines to separate paragraphs due to the way Markdown paragraphs work.

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