Increase the space between paragraphs in the GUI

Kale Kundert kale at
Tue Oct 15 13:03:21 UTC 2019

Well, that was a lot easier than I thought it would be.  :-)

If I can ask two follow-up questions (even though they don't pertain to
development any more), what's the difference between ItemSep and ParSep?  I
don't really understand what the customization manual means when it says,
"ItemSep provides extra space between paragraphs that have the same style. If
you put other styles into an environment, each is separated with the
environment's ParSep. But the whole items of the environment are additionally
separated with this ItemSep."

Also, is there a way to make a layout file in the user configuration directory
(e.g. '~/.lyx') that applies by default to all files, or overrides the default
layouts?  After looking around, I ended up putting the style you gave me in
'/usr/share/lyx/layouts/' so that it would apply even to files
I've already created, without me needing to change anything.  But I never like
to edit system-wide files unless I have to, and I feel like I might be missing
something here.

Thanks for the help.  If I run into any (real) bugs, I'll get back in touch.

On 10/14/19 10:39 PM, Richard Kimberly Heck wrote:
> On 10/14/19 4:30 PM, Kale Kundert wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I've really liked using LyX overall, but one thing that bugs me is that the GUI
>> doesn't put any extra blank space between paragraphs.  For me, just a little bit
>> of extra space would make it much easier to read documents while I'm composing
>> them.  I'm pretty sure that there's not currently an option to add space between
>> paragraphs, but I'm reasonably competent when it comes to C++, so I feel like
>> this should be the kind of thing that I can do myself. 
>> I'm hoping someone can briefly point me in the right direction, in terms of what
>> files to edit/what classes to familiarize myself with/etc, to implement this
>> feature.  I looked briefly at the source code, but it didn't seem like I'd be
>> able to easily understand it on my own.  Any help would be appreciated!
> In Local Layout or elsewhere:
> Style Standard
>     ItemSep .5
> End
> Customize as you wish (and see the Customization manual).
> That said, we could always use help with some of the many bugs! If any
> appeal to you, let us know, and we'll be happy to help.
> Riki
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