# How do I insert blank spaces in a line - so as to be able to make a comment at the side of the page about what has been done in a calculation?

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May 3, 2016

I can think of two ways off the top of my head.

The first is to use white text to put in space. For example, the line

#3x+2=5color(white)(XXXXXX)# Subtract#2# from both sides.

Without the hashtags, this is **3x+2=5color(white)(XXXXXX)**. The X's, in white, create the space between the math and the line of text.

Another method which does the same thing in a slightly different way would be to fill the space with spaces, still within the hashtags.

The line

#3x+2=5" "" "" "" "" "# Subtract#2# from both sides.

Is created, without the hashtags, by **3x+2=5" "" "" "" "" "**. Here, each " " is one space that creates a little white space.

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