Hanging Indent on Word
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How to Make a Hanging Indent on Word

Using the shortcut is the easiest way to add indent on your document

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Have you ever encountered a paper with a hanging indent on Word that is so well formatted that you wonder how on earth the person did it? Now, you can stop wondering because, with this tutorial, you’ll go from being a formatting newbie to an expert at hanging indents.

Learning to hang indent is helpful whether you’re writing a research paper or a business proposal or want to add style. We will cover various ways to do this, including hanging indent examples so that you can easily replicate the steps.

Before we get started, note that the solutions in this guide may apply to other word-processing software. However, the interface may differ.

1. Use a shortcut

The easiest way to achieve your goal is to use a hanging indent Word shortcut, as this is the easiest way to do this. Here is how to do it.

  1. Open your document and highlight the paragraph you want to indent.
  2. Once this is done, press Ctrl + T simultaneously.
  3. To undo the indentation, press Ctrl + Shift + T.

2. Use the Right-Click Option

To create a hanging indent, you can use the paragraph option to do this quickly. This is another easy way to accomplish this. Here is how you can do it.

  1. Open your document and highlight the paragraph or text you want to indent.
  2. Next, right-click on the highlighted text and click Paragraph.
    right-click on your desired text and choose paragraph
  3. Navigate to the  Indents and Spacing tab at the top.
    select indents and spacing
  4. Navigate to the Indentation section, click the drop-down menu for Special, and select Hanging.
    choose the hanging option
  5. If you would like to increase or decrease the depth of the indent, simply go to the By section to do this.
    Use the By section to increase or decrease the depth indent
  6. Use the Preview section at the bottom to see how the text will be displayed.
  7. When you are satisfied with the result, click OK.

3. Use the Paragraph Option From Settings

The settings app can enable you to make several changes to your document, and indentation is one of the things you can do. Here is how to do it.

  1. Open the document you want to indent and highlight the desired paragraph.
  2. Click the Home tab at the top corner and navigate to the Paragraph section.
    navigate to the paragraph tab
  3. Navigate to the  Indents and Spacing tab at the top.
    select indents and spacing
  4. Navigate to the Indentation section, click the drop-down menu for Special, and select Hanging.
    choose the hanging option
  5. If you would like to increase or decrease the depth of the indent, simply go to the By section to do this.
    Use the By section to increase or decrease the depth indent
  6. Use the Preview section at the bottom to see how the text will be displayed.
  7. When the result is good, click OK.

4. Make an Indent on Google Docs

If you need to make an indent on your Google Docs, then follow the steps below to easily do this.

  1. Open your document, go to the View tab, and make sure that the Show ruler option is selected.
    select the show ruler option
  2. On the next page, you will see a rectangle with an upside-down triangle. The rectangle represents the position of the First Line Indent, while the upside-down triangle stands for the position of the Left Indent.
    upside-down symbol
  3. Highlight the paragraph or text you want to indent, use the triangle icon to move the text as far right as you want, then use the rectangle icon to move the first line to the right or left depending on what you want.
    use the icon to modify your text

5. Create a Hanging Indent on a Mobile

You can still utilize indentation on your texts or references if you are on the go or using a mobile device. These steps resemble the ones that were previously covered. Here is a summary of them.

  1. Open the text you want to edit and enable the ruler option.
    enable ruler
  2. Highlight the text you want to edit.
  3. Use the rectangle icon to move the text to the right.
  4. Then use the upside-down icon to move the text to the right or left.
    use the icons to modify your text

6. Add a Hanging Indent to a Style

Formatting attributes like bold, italics, double spacing, color, and size are all part of a style. Rather than repeating the above steps whenever you wish to create a hanging indent, you can add a hanging indent to a style you can use later. Here is how to do it.

  1. Open your document and navigate to the Home tab.
  2. Go to the Styles section and right-click on Normal.
    click modify to add indent to a style
  3. In the name text box, input your desired name for the style.
    enter the desired name for the style
  4. Go to the Format drop-down section at the bottom, click on it, and select Paragraph.
    select paragraph from the drop-down menu
  5. In the paragraph menu, go the the Special drop-down menu and choose Hanging, then navigate to the By section to set the distance for the indentation.
    select hanging from the special section
  6. Lastly, click OK to implement the changes you have made.
  7. Once this is done, the indent will be applied to every text that uses the selected style.

How to Do a Hanging Indent on Word Online

The steps to do a hanging indent on Word online are the same as adding it to your Word application, so you can simply follow the same steps to achieve this. You can use these steps to indent the first or second line in your Word document.

Final Thoughts

We have finally come to the end of this guide. We hope we have been able to explain the ways you can easily indent your documents comprehensively. If you have any questions, reach out to us via the comment section below.

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