Should textarea boxes, like the one just I entered this text in to post, have a method to add a newline?

For instance, if I press enter once, the text does in fact have a newline in the text box that I entered it in, but in the preview nothing has changed.

If I press enter twice, it creates a newline but also a space in the middle.

So, could we just have a method to insert a normal newline?

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    @jonsca as we already have such method it's not a feature request but rather support issue. Dec 29, 2011 at 7:38
  • The "space in the middle" is there for a reason; you hardly ever need just a line break. Please see the difference between line breaks and paragraph breaks if you don't know.
    – Arjan
    Dec 29, 2011 at 7:52
  • @ShadowWizard Thanks. I was more trying to stay with the spirit and intention of the original post, but I certainly see your point. I was editing mainly for correctness of content, not to bring the request to the forefront, but you know the ol' bumping mechanism.
    – jonsca
    Dec 29, 2011 at 8:52
  • @jonsca yeah, as this has low view count took me some time to notice it's old post.. Dec 29, 2011 at 9:23

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Yes, to insert a single new line, type two spaces after the last character of the line.

For example, this:

This is my first line.
This is my second line.

There are two spaces after the period in the first line. (They are removed, however, when displayed).

  • Thanks alot Waiwai933
    – avitex
    Mar 11, 2011 at 2:00

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