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Microsoft Word tip: The difference between pressing Enter and Shift-Enter

Most people know that when you press the Enter key on the keyboard when using Microsoft Word, a new line is inserted into the document. What many people don’t realise is the difference between pressing Enter and
Shift-Enter.

When you press Enter what you are actually telling Microsoft Word to do is create a new paragraph. The default behaviour is to then put a gap between the two lines.

Pressing Shift-Enter tells word to go down a line, but this doesn’t create the gap between two lines like Enter does because Shift-Enter doesn’t indicate a new paragraph.

Compare the following two addresses:

The difference between enter and shift-enter


The first uses Enter at the end of each line; the second uses Shift-Enter at the end of each line. By using Shift-Enter, you remove the gap between each line.

This is also very useful when creating a bulleted or numbered list. Pressing Shift-Enter allows you to go to the next line without creating a new bullet or number.

This quick tip was provided by our friendly, expert Microsoft Word trainers.

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