There are times when bloggers are so frustrated they are close to “tearing their hair out” when it comes to attempting to correctly format prose and poetry in the WordPress blogs. When they arrive in the support forum Volunteers steer them to the support documentation entry Advanced HTML.
If you are copying and pasting from a word processing document like Microsoft WORD into new posts and pages in your WordPress.COM blog, note that the paste as WORD button was removed from the Visual editor. If you use the Paste as plain text button then a special cleanup process will run to remove any special formatting and HTML tags that may otherwise change your text. Therefore you have to do your own formatting and spacing.
Whether or not you are copying and pasting go to > Dashboard > Settings > Writing and enable this setting:
__ WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically
Blog editors and word processors are not the same and do not work the same way. The web standard is one blank line only, so you cannot add more blank lines by pressing return repeatedly like you would do with a typewriter or in a word processing application.
If you are formatting either text or poetry from within the Tiny MCE editor in your WordPress blog here is a summary of some handy tips.
In some themes you will get double spacing between paragraphs ie. a single click of ENTER will give you a double spaced line.
If you are working in the Visual editor, to get single spacing between paragraphs hold the SHIFT key down and simultaneously click ENTER at the end of the paragraph.
If you are working in the Text HTML editor, a single click of ENTER will give you a single-spaced line, and two clicks of ENTER will result in double spaced lines.
At the end of any line where you do not want a blank line in between that line and the next, hold the SHIFT key down and simultaneously click ENTER. That will insert an HTML br tag.
When you get to the end of a stanza and want a blank line between, just click ENTER once.
When you create a new post, always make sure the Format Style tool is set to Paragraph before you start typing. It’s in the Visual editor Row 2 first position “style“. See the illustration there. If you forget to do that then edit the post, highlight all in the Visual editor, select Paragraph from the Format tool, switch editor to Text then switch back to Visual and click Update.
Having trouble? There may be times when the editor needs to be reset for “Paragraph” spacing. If that happens highlight all text in the editor, and from the “Style” pulldown on the left end of the lower row of icons in the Visual editor, select “Paragraph” and normal paragraph formatting will be applied.
Click for more on New Post Editor Improvements.
Space between lines
Space between paragraphs
WORD and WordPress
No paragraph spacing in post-page editor
Formatting text pt. 1: blank lines, alignment, wrap-around, two columns
Formatting text pt. 2: indents and blockquotes
Formatting text pt. 3: space between lines, characters, and words
Formatting text pt. 4: transformations
Formatting text pt. 5: color, size, and font