# [texhax] empty line

Nelson H. F. Beebe beebe at math.utah.edu
Thu May 29 10:30:43 CEST 2003

Markus Hansen <markus.hansen at tu-harburg.de> asks on Thu, 29 May 2003
16:46:02 +0200:

>> I want to insert an empty line in my document, how do I do that?

You make a paragraph with a line with nothing visible on it.

In LaTeX:

Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.
Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

\mbox{}

Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.
Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

In plain TeX, change \mbox{} to \hbox{}.

Plain TeX and LaTeX both define \null to be \hbox{}: you'll often see
\null used in macro packages.  However, \null is \emph{not} part of
the defined user interface for LaTeX, so it should not be used in
documents.

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