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How to insert a new line character in a String?

Shiaber Shaam
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Joined: Jun 16, 2006
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Please check the below snippet.

String problemNotes = new String();

problemNotes = "Date: "+childElement.getAttributeValue("date")+"\n"+"Submitter: "+childElement.getAttributeValue("submitter")+"\n"+"Notes: "+childElement.getText();

But i am not getting a new line at all.

Please help.
[ July 10, 2008: Message edited by: Shiaber Shaam ]

Santhosh Kumar
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Joined: Nov 07, 2000
Posts: 242
There are new line characters inside the String as you expected. See this modified snippet.


Rodrigo Tomita
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Unless you are writing your String to a text file and you are a Windows user. Then the new line character depends on your OS (\n for Unix, \r\n for Windows and \r for old Macs) and you should use:

[ July 10, 2008: Message edited by: Rodrigo Tomita ]
Higgledy Smith
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Joined: Mar 07, 2006
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This is an old thread, but I don't understand why Shiaber Shaam is not getting the expected new line in his output. Can anyone explain this? Thanks.
James Byrer

Joined: Oct 05, 2010
Posts: 1
As Rodrigo said above, each OS has it's own "New line" character. You should use System.getProperty("line.separator") to automatically get the appropriate line separator. The "\n" he is using probably isn't working because he is running his app. on a Windows system.
Lukasz Jarocki

Joined: Jan 01, 2013
Posts: 15
I have similar problem.
I am trying to read some text from .ini file and display it on JOptionPane confirm dialog. Here is the text in .ini file:

I supposed that each part of text will be placed in another line. But I was wrong. Whole string is in single line.

Surprisingly, I receive the same effect when I put string on stdout by System.out.println().
Here is the code:

Of course "sometext" appears in new line on console. How can I fix it?

Ok I get it. I should use html.
Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 45338
There is something wrong with that file you are reading, having \r\n in places and \n elsewhere. It looks as if it has been half written in Windows® and hal in Linux.
String.format("This is a String%n%s is brilliant%n", name);
Or similar
Your \n worked on a JOptionPane dialogue on my Linux box.
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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