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This post will tell you just how low-tech I am. I’m almost too embarrassed to write it, but I’m figuring there’s at least one other old timer out there that wanted to know how to solve this dilemma (without involving our sometimes techno-smug children). I’ll make this short and sweet.

The Instagram Problem

As the post title suggests, I wanted to know how to add blank lines (in the old days it was called carriage returns) to my Instagram posts. Being that I like to use complete sentences, proper grammar (as proper as I know how) and easy to read formatting, the lack of blank lines was really getting to me.

Old Fashioned Typewriter

I don’t post to Instagram often, but when I do, I’d like to have my utterances formatted properly.  I’m still trying to get the hang of the whole hashtag thing. Back in the day, it was called a pound sign, now it’s a hashtag (not to get too gross, but I remember when a hashtag meant that you didn’t properly clean yourself after your last bathroom visit). Ahh, the beauty of becoming an old timer.

The Carriage Return Solution

I can’t believe I didn’t figure this out sooner. Rather than continue to search the Instagram keyboard for the non-existent “Return” key, all I had to do was open another program. Here’s where the app Notes comes in.

By using the Notes app, I’m able to tap (aka type) to my heart’s content. Once I’m done and have formatted things to my liking, I copy it and paste it to my Instagram post. Man, how easy is that?

Instagram Blank Line

If only Instagram’s keyboard had a “Return” key, I wouldn’t have to do that, but they don’t and I do. I also feel so independent because I didn’t have to ask my kids how to do it (they can make a person feel so incompetent sometimes).

Note to my daughter: If you happen to read this post, I do not want to see that all too familiar “L” for loser gesture! Boy, I can’t wait to be a fly on the wall you when you reach middle age!

FeliciaFelicia (aka Low Tech Grandma) is a wife, mother, grandmother, freelance writer and low tech blogger.