hard line breaks

Exactly one at a time

The hard line break moves the next word to the begin­ning of a new line with­out start­ing a new para­graph.

A hard line break can help con­trol text flow when a car­riage return won’t work. For instance, this head­ing breaks awk­wardly:

IV.   The defen­dant is enti­tled to judg­ment as a mat­ter of
law.

Sup­pose you want the line to break after judg­ment. That way, the first line will end in a more log­i­cal place and the two lines will be bal­anced. If you use a carriage return, you’ll get:

IV.   The defen­dant is enti­tled to judg­ment

V.   as a mat­ter of law.

wrong

Not what you hoped. Instead, put a hard line break after judg­ment:

IV.   The defen­dant is enti­tled to
judg­ment as a mat­ter of law.
right

Hard line breaks are also use­ful for sep­a­rat­ing the lines of an address (for instance, on letterhead or a caption page). See centered text for another exam­ple of the hard line break in use.