## LaTeX forum ⇒ TeXworks ⇒ Inquire about \vspace

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yaozhao
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Joined: Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:38 pm

If you want to add blank space into your document use the \vspace{...}
command. This will add blank vertical space of a height specified in typographical
points (pt). For example, \vspace{12pt} will add space equivalent
to the height of a 12pt font.

1. I can understand this command makes some space in the document, like empty lines. But what's the exact meaning of "space equivalent to the height of a 12pt font"? I can only understand the space equivalent to one line, two lines, or three lines...

2. When do you use this command in your work? Can you give me an example?

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Stefan Kottwitz
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Joined: Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:44 pm

It justs adds empty vertical space. \vspace{2cm} adds 2 cm, \vspace{2in} would add 2 inch, \vspace{12pt} would add space equal to 12 pt (points). I guess they referred to the font (size of 12pt) so you may see how big pt (point) means.

One rarely needs to use this command ever in a document. The only reason I know is in a title page, for space between heading, author, an image, and the like. Other than that, I would use it only in macros when needed for design reasons. There's rarely a point to add empty space in a document except when one wants to do quick and dirty fine-tuning at the very end.

Stefan