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How to Add a Line Break in WordPress (New Line Spacing)

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Do you want to add a line break in WordPress or adjust the line spacing between blocks?

In most word processors, you can easily add extra blank line space by pressing the enter key a few times. You can also create double-spaced lines after paragraphs from the formatting options. However, the WordPress block editor doesn’t have those buttons.

In this article, we will show you how to easily add a line break in WordPress.

How to Add a Line Break in WordPress

Before we start, it’s important to know that line spacing is controlled by the WordPress theme you use.

We will show you how to add space between blocks in the block editor, and then we will cover how to change the line spacing in your theme if you are not happy with the results.

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Adding Double Line Space Between Blocks

When you press the Enter key for Windows or the Return key for Mac on your keyboard to add a line break, WordPress considers it as a new paragraph.

This means that it will automatically add double line space, granted that your theme has the styling for it (all good WordPress themes do).

Adding double line spacing in WordPress

Simply go to the content editor, press the Enter or Return key after the line, and then type something else in the next line.

By simply doing that, based on your theme styling, you should see a clear distinction between paragraphs.

Double line space added to create paragraph in WordPress

Adding Single Line Space

Now, if you are writing something like an address, then you probably want it to be single-spaced instead of double-spaced on your WordPress site.

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In this case, you need to press the SHIFT + ENTER key on Windows or the SHIFT + RETURN key on Mac.

This will tell WordPress that you want to start a new line inside an existing paragraph. Thus, it needs single-line spacing vs double-line spacing.

Modifying the Line Height and Spacing

Sometimes, even when you add the proper line spacing in the editor, it doesn’t display the way you want it to in your theme.

There are two ways to fix it:

  1. Using a plugin (the easy way)
  2. Manually with CSS code (more advanced)

Let’s take a look at the easy method first.

Adding Line Spacing Using a Plugin

If you want to make style changes to your theme without having to learn code, using a plugin like CSS Hero is the best way to do that.

CSS Hero makes it easy to change the design of your WordPress site without knowing any code.

Add paragraph spacing in WordPress with CSS Hero

You can see more details in our full CSS Hero review.

If you want to make bigger changes to your theme, like moving a sidebar or adding a footer, then a drag-and-drop page builder plugin would be a better option. A page builder plugin would also let you make small tweaks like changing font colors or adding line breaks in WordPress.

Don’t want to use a plugin, or just need to make this one change? Then, the manual CSS code option might be best for you.

Changing Paragraph Spacing Manually With CSS Code

To add line breaks manually without a plugin, you need to add some CSS to your theme.

CSS is basically like the formatting feature in Microsoft Word. Instead of clicking buttons, you will be writing some plain CSS code. It is not as scary as some beginners may think. CSS is very easy to understand if you are just following instructions.

To add custom CSS to your theme, you need to visit the Appearance » Customize page. This will launch the WordPress theme customizer, where you need to click on the ‘Additional CSS’ tab from the left column.

If you can’t see these menu options, then you might be using a block theme. Please see our article on how to fix missing theme customizer in WordPress admin.

Adding your custom CSS

In the custom CSS box, you need to add the following CSS code:

.post p{line-height: 1.5em;}

The CSS rule shown above will change the line spacing of paragraph content to 1.5em. Em is a unit of width for typography.

We are using .post class, which WordPress automatically adds to the content area of all posts to make sure it only affects posts and not paragraphs used elsewhere.

Adding custom CSS to increase line height

Now, this only changes the spacing of single spacing.

If you want to change the paragraph spacing in WordPress (i.e., double spacing), then you would need to add padding.

.post p { 
line-height: 1.5em;
padding-bottom: 15px;
} 

Feel free to adjust the numbers to meet your needs and add double spacing in HTML.

You can also add custom CSS to your site using the WPCode plugin. The plugin makes it very easy to insert and manage code on your site.

For more details, please see our guide on how to add custom CSS to your WordPress site.

We hope this article helped you add a line break in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to start a WordPress blog and the best email marketing services for small businesses.

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  2. Ralph says

    This was huge problem back in old creator. I never knew how it will look like and had to hit preview every couple of lines but i think with gutenberg it is way easier and i learnd to just use shift+enter. I do this automatically and almost without consciousness. Don’t know why but some websites don’t allow shift+enter only enter or not and then I’m like “WHY it is not working”!

  3. Colleen Cochran says

    I finally figured out the shift-enter thing for poetry single space lines, but when the post is published and emailed to followers, it loses formatting and all the lines run together. How do I fix that?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to check with the tool being used to send the notification for the styling for fixing that issue.

      Admin

  4. jan van den hoed says

    Thanks for the explanation. One question though. How can i do the same thing on a smartphone. I’m editing my blog on the way and do not have a laptop available. i tried to do shift enter but that did not work

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Due to the limitations of mobile, you would likely need to use the CSS method.

      Admin

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If you’re using a page builder plugin they may have a different method for the single/double line spacing. Otherwise, it could be a plugin/theme conflict where you would need to disable your plugins and/or swap your theme to check

      Admin

  5. Tim G says

    I would like to reduce the spacing between normal paragraph lines — IMHO, there is too much white space by default. I’d also like to add a half line at the end of a paragraph, rather than a full line: WordPress by default seems to just do the equivalent of a double carriage return which is rather twentieth century and doesn’t emulate what Word can do. Any ideas?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to reach out to the support for your specific theme and they should be able to tell you what CSS needs to be added to reduce your line spacing :)

      Admin

  6. Jen says

    God bless you! I’m so grateful for you posting this with the CSS! Who knew that’s all it took for me to change the spacing! I’ve been looking for something like this for a long time! Thank you so much!

  7. Kathy says

    I am using the “shift” enter method but it does not allow for different size font when I do. Is there a work around?

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