How to change paragraph spacing of Standard paragraph style in UI only?

Steve Litt slitt at
Fri Jun 12 05:16:41 UTC 2020

Confirmed! Thanks Riki!

I removed the CopyStyle and it changed nothing. And like you said, I
had long ago removed the ex unit so it was 5, not 5ex. And by the way,
I settled on 0.7, not 5, because 5 would have been ridiculous.

Thanks for your help.


On Fri, 12 Jun 2020 00:41:58 -0400
Richard Kimberly Heck <rikiheck at> wrote:

> On 6/12/20 12:07 AM, Steve Litt wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I think I knew this once, but long since forgot. For the style of
> > readability optimal for me, I need paragraphs of Standard paragraph
> > style to be both indented and separated, *in the LyX User
> > Interface*. I tried doing it in my existing layout file, like this:
> >
> > Style Standard
> >   CopyStyle Standard
> >   ParSep -5ex
> > End
> >
> > Is the preceding correct? It did the right thing in the UI while
> > leaving the PDF unchanged. Was the use of CopyStyle necessary or
> > even correct? Is there a better way to do it?  
> You don't need CopyStyle here. If the style already exists, then it is
> modified rather than re-defined. CopyStyle is useful when you want to
> mostly mimic some other style.
> ParSep here is just given as a float, and it's treated (I think) as a
> multiple of the line height. So try something like "ParSep 2". You
> might also want to give ParSkip, which works the same way, but
> applies to the distance between Standard paragraphs and ones of other
> layout types. ParSep, on the other hand, applies to paragraphs of the
> same type. See
> Help> Customization, section 5.3.7.  
> Riki


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