Is it possible to make a hard break/return in an answer? I've tried the normal keyboard shortcut of SHIFT+ENTER which shows the return correctly in the WYSIWYG textarea but not in the answer preview.

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I'm pretty sure shift+enter is a "soft" return (a line break, as opposed to a paragraph break).

Semantics aside, since Stack Exchange uses Markdown formatting just put two spaces at the end of the line and then press return. Or you can just use a <br> tag in your answer.

is a line break made with Markdown

  • Just tested both options. Worked! Thank you for the direction.
    – Anna_MediaGirl Mod
    Commented Dec 9, 2012 at 20:59

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