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Adding Line Breaks

Just as in a word processor, you press Enter (Return) in Dreamweaver to create a new paragraph. This is fine when you want to actually create a new paragraph, but not so great when you just want to move the cursor down a line, as you might want to do when entering an address. That’s because web browsers (and Dreamweaver) insert a blank line above and below a paragraph, so if you make each line of the address its own paragraph, it looks goofy red-a.jpg.


red-a.jpg Paragraphs have whitespace before and after them, which isn’t really appropriate for things like addresses.

What you want to do is add a line break, which moves the cursor down one line without creating a new paragraph. In the code, Dreamweaver adds the HTML <br /> tag to the end of the line.

To insert a line break

At the end of the line you want to break, press Shift-Enter (Shift-Return).


At the end of the line you want to break, in the Common category of the Insert panel, select Line Break from the Character pop-up menu.

The text changes red-b.jpg.


red-b.jpg After you replace the paragraph tags with line breaks, the address looks better.

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