Quick Tip: How to Add Line Breaks Using iOS / iPadOS Keyboard

May 1, 2020
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Here's how you can add line breaks using the iOS or iPadOS keyboard on an iPhone or iPad.

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Certain typing situations call for adding a line break or two. Sure, you can tap on the 'Return' key to jump to the next line, but that's not the same as a line break. For example, you're typing a list, simply hitting the Return key will take you to the next item in the list, this is where line breaking comes in handy, where you continue the contents of the same bullet point but jump onto the next line. Or, if you are typing a poem, then starting a new paragraph is only an option when you finish an entire stanza, for everything else, you need a line break.

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How to Add Line Breaks Using iOS / iPadOS Keyboard

In order to add a line break, simply bring up the iOS keyboard, hold down the 'Shift' key and then press the 'Return' key at the same time. Refer to the screenshot below to see which two keys we are talking about here.

Hold down 'Shift' + 'Return' on iOS / iPadOS keyboard to add line break

You can follow the exact same steps on iPadOS to achieve the same results. This tip is not limited to the iPhone at all.

This little feature has been around for quite some time and I use it a lot, especially when I'm creating a list in Notes and I just want to hop over to the next line without starting a new bullet point. This way I can add more detail to a particular bullet point in a vertical list.

Even if you don't end up using this tip, it's still handy to know about. While typing away long paragraphs or lists, there will eventually come a time where a line break is absolutely necessary.

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