# [OS X TeX] Vertical space

David Watson dewatson at me.com
Thu May 24 20:46:48 EDT 2012

What about using something like \vskip 0.5in
\vskip 0.5in
or
\vspace*{1 in}
?

You may not even need the * in the vspace command if you are not trying to introduce space at the top of a new chapter/after a \clearpage, \newpage, and the like.

On May 24, 2012, at 6:34 PM, Alain Schremmer wrote:

> Where can I find some information about the way to control vertical space? (I cannot predict the effect of the various commands I use, in particular \\[length]?)
>
> I have looked in Companion II which does not seem even to mention \\[length], and googled some. I found some interesting sites, e.g. < http://www.maths.tcd.ie/~dwilkins/LaTeXPrimer/WhiteSpace.html> and <http://www.personal.ceu.hu/tex/spacebox.htm> but, that I can see, none mentions \\[length] nor do they quite explain the differences between requiring a particular vertical space, say, after a paragraph, after an item in a list or after a table, etc which I suspect is of the essence.
>
> I am really not asking for an explanation because I can always fudge something so that there is no emergency of any kind but whether anybody knows of some explanation, somewhere because it annoys me having to resort to blind experimentation and not really knowing what I am doing.
>
> Curious regards
> --schremmer