How to add a blank line at the end of the post while editing in WordPress

How to add a blank line at the end of the post while editing in WordPress

This tutorial will show you how to add a blank line at the end of a WordPress post.

During editing in WordPress, sometimes after adding an image (especially an image with a caption) or a “blockquote” at the end of the post, you may find it difficult to add another “normal” line at the end. If you hit ENTER, the editor just add another line of the current image caption or current blockquote, which is definitely not what you want.

If you face the same problem, this simple trick may help you:

  • Switch to Text Editor mode.
  • Scroll to the end of the post in Text Editor mode (you should see your image or your blockquote there
  • Make a new line and type or paste this code at the end of your post (should be after the image or blockquote mentioned above):   (including the & in the front and ; at the end)
  • Switch back to Visual Editor mode, you should see a new line as you wanted.

How it works

  stands for non-breaking space, a common character entity used in HTML.

Non-breaking Space

A non-breaking space is a space that will not break into a new line.

Two words separated by a non-breaking space will stick together (not break into a new line). This is handy when breaking the words might be disruptive.

Examples:

  • § 10
  • 10 km/h
  • 10 PM

Another common use of the non-breaking space is to prevent that browsers truncate spaces in HTML pages.

If you write 10 spaces in your text, the browser will remove 9 of them. To add real spaces to your text, you can use the   character entity.

In our case,   tell WordPress to insert a new blank space at the end of the post. And, because   stays outside of the previous image or blockquote tag, WordPress takes it into a new line. That’s how the trick works.

Example

For example, if you have a blockquote at the end of your post, when switching to Text Editor, you’ll find something like this

<blockquote>This is the quoted content</blockquote>

Then you after you insert &nbsp; the editor should look something like

<blockquote>This is the quoted content</blockquote>

&nbsp;

Then if you switch back to Visual Editor, a new “normal” line should appear after your blockquote.

 

What are your favorite WordPress tricks? Tell us in the comment! 😀

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