space between paragraphsBetween four and ten points

Space be­tween para­graphs is an al­ter­na­tive to a first-line in­dent for sig­nal­ing the start of a new paragraph.

The worst way to put space be­tween para­graphs is to in­sert an ex­tra car­riage re­turn. (See car­riage re­turns if you’ve for­got­ten why.)

As with first-line in­dents, you want the space to be large enough to be eas­ily no­ticed, but not so large that the para­graphs seem dis­con­nected. A space equal to 50–100% of the body text size will usu­ally suf­fice. The larger the point size, the more space you’ll need be­tween para­graphs to make a vis­i­ble difference.

How to set space between paragraphs

Word Right-click in the text and se­lect ParagraphIndents and Spacing. Un­der Spacing, in the box next to After, en­ter the measurement.

Pages ViewShow Toolbar (or op­tion + ⌘ + t) → Format but­ton → Style pane → un­der Spacing, in the box la­beled After Paragraph, en­ter the measurement.

CSS Use the mar­gin-top and mar­gin-bot­tom properties

by the way
  • Is space be­fore a para­graph equiv­a­lent to space af­ter? Pretty much, though I pre­fer to rely on space af­ter, and re­serve space be­fore for spe­cial cir­cum­stances. For in­stance, a block quo­ta­tion may need space be­fore and af­ter to look ver­ti­cally aligned.