Paragraph breaks don’t work

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    Why in the world, when I push return to start a new paragraph and push SAVE, the post becomes one large paragraph? Why won’t the program keep the page format that I want? Is there some code that I have to input to make this happen?


    What browser are you using?


    use a some handicraft method to get spaces between paragraphs: I write dots in different paragraphs, as many as the space I want, then I click “Show advanced toolbar” in Text Editor, and I go to “Select text color”. Then I select all these dots and I click “white”. You can’t see the dots after this. So easy!





    The TinyMCE editor that wordpress uses for writing pages and posts is not fully compatible with Safari and you will find problems in other areas as well.

    I would suggest downloading the Firefox or Camino or Flock browsers as they are the most compatible with wordpress.


    Alternately, you can go to “my profile” in the upper right of your dashboard and uncheck “use visual rich text editor,” click “update profile and then you will be doing all your writing in code view. Some, including myself, find this a little confusing since in addition to the text of your post, you will see all the html code for your formatting.

    Another alternative is to use an offline blog editor. Timethief has rounded up all the most popular editors and listed them on her resources blog at:



    Thanks thesacredpath. I think I remember reading this elsewhere. I will give firefox a shot.


    Hopefully in the next major upgrade here, Safari will work since it is supposed to include the new TinyMCE 3 which is compatible with Safari 3. It still won’t work with Safari 2 though (prior to 10.4.11).



    I upgraded to Safari 3 and 10.4.11 last weekend and finally got to see the wysiwyg editor I had checked!! Anyway, paragraphs then became a problem – but it sorted the fact that the template by default put links in grey which were barely noticeable (I can now choose the colour of those words). To solve the paragraph prob, I have been copying my blog entry (from where I invent it) into the html editor, making the links, changing to wysiwyg to make them red, and then returning to html and inserting ‘enter,enter’ where the paras should be (I like an empty line between paras). If I then press publish, it loads on site correctly. Obviously if I go back to edit something I have to do the para breaks again – but if I’m careful beforehand, the system above works fast and well once you decide to do it that way. Roll on an upgrade if it will solve things, though! Thanks, thesacredpath, for this info btw.



    I have Safari 3.0 and still had probs with the paras. I haven’t posted yet under Firefox yet. Had too much fun customizing my online experience. But I had to double return every time I wanted a space b/w paras, just like blaxter does. Totally annoying everytime you edit your post. I’m lucky my keyboard is still alive. Thanks for the comments everyone!



    Safari 3.1 still has the same issue :S



    Yes safari 3.1 has the same paragraph problems.


    Safari isn’t the issue, it is TinyMCE, the editor used by WordPress. In an upgrade somewhere in the near future, they will likely update to the new version of TinyMCE (3) which is compatible with Safari 3. The only question then is how well WordPress will integrate it since it isn’t just a matter of dropping the files in. One needs to note, that the new version is only compatible with Safari 3, not earlier versions (2.x.x and 1.x.x).


    Wow! This is so basic… shouldn’t be a problem. I wonder how this one got out of the barn. Let me tell you a real pain in the rear. I’ve done the work-around with the HTML which I don’t understand.. but it worked until the last upgrade… aka downgrade. Kind of on the intolerable side….. ought to be better. Oh… and if I paste the whole in from WORD I get double spaces between paragraph blocks and can’t get rid of them. Sheesh! Makes for clunky looking stuff… or nice looking but waaaaaaaaaay too much work.



    Don’t paste from Word. It’s a disaster and since the upgrade the blogs have gotten a LOT more sensitive to it. Try using an offline blog editor like Blogdesk or Ecto.



    I use MS Word 2007 to write and publish my blog posts. I create a new document (in “new blog post” template) and works great.

    It allows me to choose which of my blogs to sent the post, which category (ies) to file it under, with no problems in formatting of paragraphs, text or links. I also add any photos to my word doc, resize it to look good, then publish the post to my blog.

    There is even a feature in Word to “publish as a draft”, which then allows me to go into WP, modify the post date to a future date.

    I like using MS Word because of its built-in spell check, grammar check, dictionary and thesaurus.

    I used to use blogdesk but could never get photos to upload properly.


    I’ve pounded the new wordpress editor to death over the past few days in Safari 3.1, and have absolutely no problems with it whatsoever. I hit the return key at the end of a paragraph and I get a blank line between paragraphs.

    One thing to check when you start writing is that the pulldown at the left, on the lower toolbar is set to paragraph. The new editor seems to remember a lot more about how things were set in your last session and use those settings as a starting point when you enter the editor again.


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