When I'm writing something, I naturally use a lot of line breaks. Unfortunately, when I press return once to make a linebreak, it just adds a space. I have to press return again for a break to appear, and even then only a paragraph break appears.

In fact, for demonstrative purposes, in the above paragraph, I used 'linebreaks' instead of spaces:enter image description here

I realise I can use <br /> to add line breaks, but this soon becomes cumbersome.

Might I request that:

  • if this is a bug, please fix it?
  • if this is a missing feature, please could it be added?

1 Answer 1


If you add two spaces after a word and enter a line break/return, the markdown engine will insert a line break automagically. This disables the rewrapping that is designed into the editing system.

So if you enter lines like this, they wrap.

space, then they don't wrap.

(click the history link to see my source)

This is documented in the advanced editing help section, which you can get to from any editing frame by clicking the blue circle around the question mark to the right of the edit toolbar.

  • That makes sense, though the 'edit' link is greyed out for me so I can't see the source... Feb 24, 2013 at 21:50
  • OK, perhaps the revision history will work, but you should be able to test this on your posts. Just use a second space (or more) and see how wrapping changes.
    – bmike Mod
    Feb 24, 2013 at 22:20
  • Does this work or does it time-out (session-specific?) meta.apple.stackexchange.com/revisions/…
    – Daniel Mod
    Mar 2, 2013 at 23:18
  • It's no longer necessary, but it doesn't time-out, no. I can still read it, 15 days later, so it must be fine :) Mar 17, 2013 at 0:56

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