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When typing in Word, pressing Enter creates a new Paragraph and moves the cursor there. Is there a way to get back to Word 2003 functionality where Enter key would create a line break?

P.S. I know about Shift+Enter, but I would rather just press Enter.

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As far as I know, it's not possible. You'll have to either reformat the whole text after writing it or simply use Shift+Enter to create a line break. – amiregelz Jul 25 '12 at 20:32
Learn the new way. It's objectively better. A paragraph has semantic meaning. Two line breaks in one huge 'paragraph' doesn't. You're limiting what you can do with the text in future (summarize, style or split based on paragraphs) – andybak May 8 '15 at 9:30
What about exchanging the key shortcuts? – skan Jul 7 '15 at 9:20
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Just modify your style. The default paragraph style in Word 2010 comes with a spacing of 12 pt after the paragraph. If you don't want that, set the spacing after to 0 pt. You can also check the checkbox titled "Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style" to suppress this behavior in your normal paragraphs.

You can find these settings by right-clicking your "Normal" style in the "Home" tab of the ribbon bar -> Modify... -> Format -> Paragraph.

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I wish I asked this question 4 years ago. Much obliged. – AngryHacker Jul 25 '12 at 20:51
For the record, this solution doesn't really answer the question. It simulates the behavior of line break only insofar as it creates a new paragraph without spacing. Line break does not create a new paragraph, just a new line within the same paragraph - that has different ramifications for formatting, etc. – yosh m Jan 3 '13 at 9:00
What does it mean by "same styel"? Is there a way to keep the old spacing before headings? – Stuart Jul 11 '13 at 17:34
I had the opposite problem and choosing the "auto" helped to put it back. – Anonymous Dec 10 '14 at 20:40

I had the same problem with Office XP. It would add 2 lines with Enter. I can't remember how I changed it back though. It wasn't with Line Spacing. I recently switched to 2007.

Shift + Enter is a pain for hand movement and mouse operation.

I found this (it may be a workaround as opposed to changing the programming for Enter) :

Go to:

  • Home » Paragraph » RIBBON » Spacing & Indents

  • At the bottom: Check the Box (Don't add space) » Default

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