Checklists - How to add line breaks

Barbara Decker February 28, 2019

On a checklist item, how do I add line breaks. I'm not very conversant, but did google markdown and tried adding / and also tried adding 2 spaces, which seemed to be the suggestions I saw. Neither worked, so would appreciate guidance. Thanks. 

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Iain Dooley
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February 28, 2019

@Barbara Decker there's no newlines in checklist items.

Why did you want them there? There might be another way to achieve your goal.

Barbara Decker February 28, 2019

I have a checklist item and it consists of thoughts best broken into paragraphs - but it is one checklist item. Or I have a checklist item and am making a list of options for how I might do it - and those options should be one per row. Thanks for your help.

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Iain Dooley
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February 28, 2019

@Barbara Decker in that case what I'd recommend is creating cards for each thing on the checklist, and copying/pasting a link to that card into the checklist item. I use this pattern a lot!

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Barbara Decker February 28, 2019

Thanks a bunch. I'll give that a try. Much appreciate your response!

fytos December 23, 2020

There IS actually a way to add a new line (or break).
But it requires a "cheat".

Open notepad. Enter a new line. Select the two lines and copy them.
Paste them after the word you the new line.
Everything after the word will go to a new line!!

I'm 90% sure you can do it with ASCII characters as well, on keyboards with numeric pads (Desktops. On the laptop is not that easy), like holding ALT and typing 0163 would, if I remember well, insert the pound symbol (£) ... another number would enter a break.

 

UPDATE: USED to work ... now it doesn't.

I wonder what Trello and Atlassian updated and stopped this one.

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Stefano Ferroni May 13, 2021

I have many checklist items like this:

"Set up a call with:

- Mickey Mouse 
- Donald Duck
- Goofy
- ... "

this is one single action (so a single checklist item) with a list attached, which should be far more readable if I could use newlines

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blueinc December 2, 2021

@fytosCopy/pasting a newline from Textpad works again. Thanks for the tip!

Rosa Clark November 8, 2022

Hi, I used textedit on mac and no go. Didn't work

Matthias August 21, 2023

None of these ideas worked for me :(

Has anyone another idea? 

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December 15, 2023

I would really like to find a solution to this as well.  I was hopeful about creating a newline in Notepad, as that makes perfect sense that it might carry over.  But such a character code (basic ASCII character set) tends to be platform specific, and not guaranteed to work on all platforms.  Plus, such codes can cause grief if stored in many database systems, so it is not surprising that Atlassian would filter out such characters and white space.  Ideally Atlassian / Trello would simply add it as a feature.

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However, I did stumble across a partial work-around that may be effective.  Trello supports markdown syntax, and in many of the areas of trello, there is a high level of markdown support.  Yet in the case of checkbox lists, this was apparently not considered a feature customers would use.  But for those of us who have lengthier checklists, you can use the back-tick syntax (two before and two after the text you wish to use) to create a sort of preformatted "code" that will preserve spaces.  As long as you put at least one character in side it.  For example:

`` .                . ``
`` -                - ``

 This may help you format things a bit more to your liking... certainly a creative use of this can help break apart text a bit.

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