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15.3 \parindent & \parskip


\setlength{\parskip}{horizontal len}
\setlength{\parinden}{vertical len}

Both are a rubber lengths (see Lengths). They give the indentation of ordinary paragraphs, not paragraphs inside minipages (see minipage), and the vertical space between paragraphs.

This, put in the preamble,


arranges that the document will have paragraphs that are not indented, but instead are vertically separated by about the height of a lowercase ‘x’.

In standard LaTeX documents, the default value for \parindent in one-column documents is 15pt when the default text size is 10pt , 17pt for 11pt, and 1.5em for 12pt. In two-column documents it is 1em. The default value for \parskip in LaTeX’s standard document styles is 0pt plus1pt.

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