When you press Enter in Microsoft Word, by default, your cursor will jump ahead two lines. But why does it do this, and is there any way to make it only move ahead one line instead? We’ll show you the answers.
Since Word automatically wraps your text to a new line by default, there’s typically no need to manually enter line breaks (like on an old paper typewriter) unless you are doing some special text formatting. So Microsoft has made Enter default to perform a paragraph break, which is like inserting two line feeds at once. In the example below, the first arrow points to a paragraph break, and the second arrow points to a regular line break.