I've been trying to add extra line breaks to a text field, But this seems impossible?

Most logical thing to do for the user would be to give it an extra linebreak <br>

Those get deleted, sometimes directly, sometimes after opening and then saving again

So far I've tried:

  • disable cleanup html in the field - still deletes <br>

In the json file settings:

  • tidyHtml: false - no
  • cleanSpaces: false - no
  • removeEmptyTags: false - no

  • linebreaks: true - this converts ALL breaks to line breaks. Not handy.

  • Noregt, why would you want to do this? This is considered as bad practice, you won't even know how a browser interprets it actually.
    – carlcs
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 10:49
  • IGNORE that comment, I first thought you want to produce several line breaks like so: <br><br>! Better don't do that, but a single <br> is totally legitimate.
    – carlcs
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 10:55
  • Yes that is, but it is erased every time. Furthermore it is the wish/demand of my client and he is not the first one to ask this.
    – noregt
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 12:36
  • Don't forget to tell the client to only use it (in those rather rare situations) where it is actually appropriate. Once they learned it, they may not use a normal "paragraph" <enter> again :D
    – carlcs
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 12:56

3 Answers 3


For me this works: Shift+Enter

  • Well does it still if you open and then save it again without editing?
    – noregt
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 12:36
  • Sure. In web apps it's <Shift>+<Enter> and OS X apps it's <Alt>+<Enter>.
    – carlcs
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 12:43
  • It also works if you copy and paste line breaks from other apps. They appear and get saved in the Redactor field as expected.
    – carlcs
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 12:46
  • Sorry but my point is that that does not work. I'm aware that you can make a line break '<br>' with Shift Enter. If I make two of those the first save one is left, the second save both are gone.
    – noregt
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 12:54
  • It works for me, @noregt. Manually adding <br>does not though.
    – carlcs
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 12:58

Just tried this again in Craft 2.3 and now it works as most people would expect (I know, not as it should for html purists)

Shift Enter = <br>

Regular Enters are coded as <p><br></p>, forcing an empty line. For me, this works :-)

This is with 'Clean HTML' selected and HTML purifier OFF

  • Glad to see you got your answer :)
    – carlcs
    Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 17:20

Single Line-Break

To insert a line-break <br> into a Redactor text field use Shift+Enter on your keyboard.

Do this for single line-breaks only! You or your client should not misuse the <br> tag for styling purposes by adding multiple of them in a row. It is semantically wrong (and you can't be sure how browsers interpret it).

With older versions of Redactor / Craft it was possible to do this. I can still save Redactor fields with <br><br><br> on a Craft 1.3 installation, but something must have changed down the road, because now all but one gets removed.

But there's other ways to make adding vertical space within a Redactor field possible:

Horizontal Line

If it matches the semantic meaning of that space you create, what about using a horizontal line <hr> instead and style it to your needs:

hr {
  height: 3em;
  visibility: hidden;

Redactor has a build-in button for <hr>. Edit your Redactor configs for it to show up:

    buttons: [
    plugins: ['fullscreen'],
    toolbarFixedBox: true


That vertical space should not have any semantic meaning at all and you simply want an option to insert some beautiful white space? Then it gets a bit more complicated, because what you should add to your markup in this case is a sematically meaningless element, a div or span.

To do this, switch to "HTML Mode" in your Redactor field and add an empty div inbetween your paragraphs:

        More white space for these paragraphs, please!
<div class="whitespace"><div>
        More white space for these paragraphs, please!

You have to configure Redactor to not convert div on save by setting convertDivs:false. (note that this setting will be renamed to replaceDivs with Redactor 10).

To make inserting such div easier, write you own little Craft / Redactor plugin that inserts the HTML with the click on a button and add some CSS to style your white space on the backend. A good starting point for the JS might be the "Insert HTML" Redactor plugin.

The Craft plugin "RedactorClips" could be an alternative, but I think there's no option to set custom CSS for the backend.

  • The RedactorClips plugin mysteriously fails to add the clip. I can't get RedactorStyles to add the div either, but it does have a way to set the backend CSS. Commented Nov 1, 2014 at 21:09
  • Yeah, I behaves strange for me too if I add the whitespace clip within a paragraph. Did work though in a new paragraph: hit enter and then add the clip. But as I wrote, it's probably better to write a custom plugin (incl. backend CSS). What about using a hr? Doesn't fit your needs, @Marion?
    – carlcs
    Commented Nov 1, 2014 at 22:44
  • It's not semantic whitespace, so not hr. Best I came up with is a paragraph with a spacer img. That div is definitely better. Commented Nov 2, 2014 at 17:27

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