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Use Indents or Spacing, Not Both, to Separate Paragraphs


Using indents and paragraph spacing is often overkill.

Using indents with paragraph spacing is often overkill for typeset documents.

When using paragraph indents, don't use paragraph spacing to break up text. Although it is common to combine some types of paragraph spacing methods, these two together usually create too much or awkward spacing.

However, this rule does not apply when you're following a specific, prescribed style guide that calls for combining spacing after paragraphs and indents (such as for some types of business letters or school reports).

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