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I'm currently working on a word document, however right now though I have this weird error where my cursor floats to the right about 2 spaces after I hit Enter instead of going to a new line.
If I type something it shows up on the next line and the cursor moves to it, so it's not completely stopping me from working, however it is quite annoying.

It does not do this for any other document, so it seems to be some sort of setting I've changed for this document.

Any ideas on how to fix this?

Screenshots of the issue

Before hitting Enter:
Before

After hitting Enter:
After

After I start typing some more:
After Typing

Edit: Here's some more information, in the same document there are places where the newline functions as expected by moving the cursor to the next line. There are still many places though where this weird behavior occurs though.

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    Are you using Windows Insider Preview? A change was just introduced which affected Notepad, which changed Newline behavior, which might be related. Commented Dec 13, 2018 at 0:14
  • @ChristopherHostage Negative, standard win 10.
    – willuwontu
    Commented Dec 13, 2018 at 15:53

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This happened to me too! If you click on the little paragraph icon that appears on the Home tab, it will show you all the formatting marks and symbols throughout your document. It showed me that I had inadvertently inserted a section break. I was able to delete the break (simply by putting my cursor before the break and hitting delete) and the spacing went back to normal.

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I had the exact same issue. It has to do with 'page breaks'. Most likely you did the same thing I did and added a page break by going to the "Layout tab > Breaks > Next Page". For whatever reason, when you hit enter at the end of the page before the page break that you inserted, it'll bring your cursor 2 spaces to the right of your text, but when you start typing it'll appear on the next line. (There are two places where you can add a page break. This only happened to me when I used the "Layout tab" page break, not when I used the "Insert tab" page break option.)

To fix this, I had to open a new document, then copy and paste the text. Make sure not to copy and paste the parts where the page break is located. For the spot where the page break is located, I just manually re-typed the words. Not the best solution, but I couldn't figure out how to remove the page break, so I made a new document instead. Good Luck!

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I experienced the very same issue in Word 2013, but thankfully had it resolved. I went to draft view, under the view tab, and noticed that immediately following the words being typed, was a section break. After deleting the section break, everything returned back to normal.

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Simply press shift + the Enter key and everything will come back to normal

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  • Worked for me! Thx Commented Mar 17, 2023 at 6:06
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It just occurs at the end of the section you inserted. If you added an empty line at the end of this section and then added your text before this empty line, you won't have this problem. Hope this helps..

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The best way to remove the issue is to click on the show/hide symbol, figure out where you're cursor moves to when pressing the return or enter key and then moving the section break down one. Once you've done that, move the cursor to the original place and all of the unwanted spaces will correct themselves.

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