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We use datasheets to edit multi-line task lists. Since being migrated to SharePoint 2013 the new datasheet view doesn't allow us to maintain line breaks after we stop editing the datasheet.

Can anyone tell me how to maintain line-breaks, please?

What we enter

Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem IpsumLorem Ipsum Lorem IpsumLorem IpsumLorem IpsumLorem Ipsum Lorem IpsumLorem IpsumLorem Ipsum.

Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem IpsumLorem IpsumLorem IpsumLorem Ipsum.

What it looks like when we stop editing the datasheet

Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem IpsumLorem Ipsum Lorem IpsumLorem IpsumLorem IpsumLorem Ipsum Lorem IpsumLorem IpsumLorem Ipsum. Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem Ipsum Lorem IpsumLorem IpsumLorem IpsumLorem Ipsum.

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  • I'm unable to replicate this in a 2013 task list. Is it a 2010 version of the task list or earlier versions? Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 14:07
  • Same as user19952. I create a new task list, add it a new multiline field and try with your example, the result was a text with a break line.
    – Marco
    Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 14:17
  • Thats true, I am able to maintain line breaks on my multi line plain text field in a custom list.
    – Asad Refai
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 12:42
  • What is the css white space property on that element? Maybe change that white-space: pre-line; ?
    – Rothrock
    Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 20:28

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Since the Datasheet view uses the Data Connectivity Components, similar to MS Access, you can use the keyboard to force a line break by pressing [ALT]+[ENTER] to place a line break character into the datasheet cell.

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