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1. In general, a paragraph refers to a new section of text that is separated by an empty line and, in many cases, has an indentation at the beginning of the first line. Typically, a new paragraph is created when talking about a different subject, time changes, or setting changes. A good example of a paragraph is each of the different definitions on this page.

What key do you press to start a new paragraph?

To start a new paragraph in a word processing program such as Microsoft Word pressing the Enter key on the keyboard would start a new paragraph. In other programs that do not support this feature you would need to press the Enter key twice to start a new paragraph.

Paragraph symbol2. A paragraph symbol or pilcrow is a formatting mark that helps represent the end of a paragraph. The graphic shown on this page is an example of a paragraph symbol. Formatting marks must be enabled for you to see this symbol in your document.

Tip: To create this mark in Windows, open the character map tool, locate the paragraph symbol, and then copy and paste it into your document.

3. When referring to HTML, the <p> tag is used to designate a paragraph.

Also see: Block of text, Formatting mark, HTML, Line break, Orphan, Paragraph formatting