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It is widely thought that clicking the enter button will take you to a new line on Microsoft word – but this is not the case! Hitting just enter will tell word to create a new paragraph, not a new line.

Creating a new paragraph and not a new line will leave a gap between the text, as this is how a new paragraph is formatted. Using shift-enter will create a new line, and not leave as much of a gap between the text.


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The left uses enter, and the right uses shift-enter. Using shift-enter when creating a bulleted list allows you to create a new line without a new bullet or number.


shift enter word

Going one step further, ctrl+shift+enter (control, shift, and enter key) will create a new page. 

The spacing between lines is the key difference between enter and shift+enter. For more word tips and tricks, join our Microsoft word training, offered both in-person and online!

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