Just wondering how to create a list with line breaks in a calculated column without using data view.


social.technet.microsoft.com suggests that this can be achieved with " Shift + Enter "

Worth a try?


  • This works for sure inside =CONCATENATE() – 121315 Jul 6 '12 at 12:42

I suppose it depends on what you want the business rules to be around where the line breaks should appear and in how many places (all pages, just a single view, just on the forms, etc.). You could probably do this with script added to the page(s).


I've had a play around and I'm afraid I can't see a way to do this. The only two options I can think of are:


Which outputs A B because actual new lines are ignored by the HTML rendering.



Which outputs A<br/>B because HTML output is escaped by SharePoint.


You could use <br/> in your column to indicate a line break. Then, add a script to your page to insert that text as html so that <br/> becomes an html line break.

<script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.6.1.min.js"></script>
<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">
  function insertLineBreaks() {
  • This looks like a solution! Can the script be inside a content editor web part or does it have to be located in the main page html? – 121315 Jul 25 '11 at 16:25
  • You should be able to put it in a Content Editor web part. – Laurie Jul 25 '11 at 16:36
  • @Laurie - code works great until you set up the view to group your line items. Then it breaks and shows "<br/>" again. How do you get around the grouping so the code can access the list items again? – user31626 Jul 16 '14 at 21:48
  • Is this solution taken from sites.google.com/site/sharepointhill/tutorials/mssp/… ? – George Feb 5 '15 at 3:55

Use Char(10) as a line break character.


Include <br/> and return the calculated column as a number instead of a single line of text. For some reason, this returns html.

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