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Setting Paragraph Indents

WD07S-2.1.4, WD07S-4.2.3

Quickly indent lines of text to precise locations from the left or right margin with the horizontal ruler. Indent the first line of a paragraph (called a first-line indent) as books do to distinguish paragraphs. Indent the second and subsequent lines of a paragraph from the left margin (called a hanging indent) to create a properly formatted bibliography. Indent the entire paragraph any amount from the left and right margins (called left indents and right indents) to separate quoted passages.

Indent Paragraph Lines Precisely

  • y_1.jpg Click the View Ruler button to display the Ruler.
  • y_2.jpg Click the paragraph or select multiple paragraphs to indent:
    • To change the left indent of the first line, drag the First-line Indent marker.
    • To change the indent of the second and subsequent lines, drag the Hanging Indent marker.
    • To change the left indent for all lines, drag the Left Indent marker.
    • To change the right indent for all lines, drag the Right Indent marker.

      As you drag a marker, the dotted guideline helps you accurately position the indent. You can also press and hold Alt to see a measurement in the ruler.

Indent a Paragraph

  • y_1.jpg Click the paragraph, or select multiple paragraphs to indent.
  • y_2.jpg Click the Home tab.
  • y_3.jpg Click the Increase Indent button or Decrease Indent button to move the paragraph right or left one-half inch.

Set Indentation Using the Tab Key

  • y_1.jpg Click the Office button, and then click Word Options.
  • y_2.jpg In the left pane, click Proofing, and then click AutoCorrect Options.
  • y_3.jpg Click the AutoFormat As You Type tab.
  • y_4.jpg Select the Set left- and first-indent with tabs and backspaces check box.
  • y_5.jpg Click OK.
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