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How to do newlines on the Stack Overflow website?

When I ask a question, I try to use carriage returns to aid clarity.

They are stripped when they appear in the forum.

Is there a way to use the CRs?

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marked as duplicate by Arjan, kiamlaluno, Rosinante, Toon Krijthe, Kev Sep 19 '12 at 22:21

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

Stack Overflow uses Markdown. To add a newline to a question or answer, leave two spaces at the end of the previous line. To start a new paragraph, press Enter twice between lines.

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Or add "<br/>" at the end of a line. – Peter Mortensen Sep 19 '12 at 19:44
However, note that an explicit newline is hardly ever needed, and one should most likely use paragraphs instead (using the empty line like Dave described above). And remember that the content is not only shown in desktop browsers, and any explicit formatting (including explicit newlines) might actually look bad on other platforms, or might make screen readers read the text as one loooong paragraph. – Arjan Sep 19 '12 at 19:51
As for <br>, see the comments here, @Peter. – Arjan Sep 19 '12 at 19:53

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