Updated: 05/23/2017 by Computer Hope

A paragraph may refer to any of the following:

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.

What can I do if I don't want to start a new paragraph?

In programs such as Microsoft Word when you press the Enter key it may move to the next paragraph instead of the next line. In these programs to go to the next line press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Enter instead of only Enter.

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 create a paragraph in an HTML web page.

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