How can I enter a soft return character (Shift-Enter) on iOS?
A soft line break is not supported by the iOS keyboard (nor, to my knowledge, by SwiftKey or Swype), but you can copy/paste an existing soft return from any other text.
I cannot give an example here, because the Stack Exchange markup doesn't know a soft return either. Instead, you can see this in action in the following Quora thread: How do I enter a soft return character (Shift-Enter) on iOS?
The answer is actually surprisingly simple:
- Say you are on WhatsApp, typing a text to be sent. You want to insert a new paragraph after a stop punctuation sign.
- Press the Shift key to make sure is not enabled.
- Now press and hold the Shift key and press the Return key once. There's your soft return!
- You can actually press the Return key (with the Shift key being held) more than once should you want to insert further returns in your text.
Extending zoagli's own answer, though again not a perfect solution as it adds potentially unwanted spaces you need to go back & tidy up.
Copy/paste a soft return from somewhere, then in System Prefs > Keyboard > Text you can add a new Replace, for instance
sret, & paste the soft return to the With column.
That will then propagate over iCloud to your other devices & turn sret into a soft return - though not on SE, as previously mentioned [unless you look at this answer in Edit]. It will also have a leading & trailing space, which you may need to go back & trim.