How can 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.
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?
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.