How to Do a Hanging Indent

Edit Article A hanging indent is a style of paragraph indentation in a word processing document. Unlike a paragraph that has the first line indented, the first line of a hanging indent is flush with the left side of the page and the rest of the paragraph's lines are indented slightly to the right. Creating a hanging indent may depend upon which word processing program you use; however, it is usually listed in paragraph formatting styles. Learn how to do a hanging indent.

MS Word Hanging Indent

  • How to Do a Hanging Indent

    Open your Microsoft Word document.
  • How to Do a Hanging Indent
    Write your paragraph.It is helpful to have some text and simply move your cursor, when you first create the indent.
    • Highlight the paragraph that you would like to be formatted with a hanging indent.
  • How to Do a Hanging Indent
    Click the "Format" menu in the top horizontal toolbar.Scroll down and click the "Paragraph" option.
    • In the 2007 version of MS Word, On the Page Layout tab, click the Paragraph Dialog Box Launcher.
  • How to Do a Hanging Indent
    Choose the "Indents and Spacing" section of the Paragraph formatting box.
  • How to Do a Hanging Indent
    Find the "Indentation" section.Click on the drop down box that says "Special."
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    Choose "Hanging" from the list.
  • How to Do a Hanging Indent
    Choose the size of the indent to the left of the list.The standard indent of 0.5 inches (1.27cm) will be used as default.
  • How to Do a Hanging Indent
    Click "Ok" to save your changes.Your paragraph should now have a hanging indent.
    • You can set the hanging indent format before you type any text. This will tell your Word document to do it automatically. If you prefer that the hanging indent isn't present throughout the document, return and indent highlighted portions after you type the text.

Open Office Hanging Indent

  • How to Do a Hanging Indent
    Open your document in Open Office.
  • How to Do a Hanging Indent
    Type some text into the document.Place the cursor next to the text where you would like to have a hanging indent.
    • You can also set the hanging indent before you start typing. Open Office will use this formatting style as a default.
  • How to Do a Hanging Indent
    Select the "Styles and Formatting" window located in the drop down menu.
  • How to Do a Hanging Indent
    Select "Hanging Indent" from the formatting options.
  • How to Do a Hanging Indent
    Adjust the amount of indent from the default in the paragraph formatting toolbar.Close the formatting window you used previously.
    • Click "Format" from the menu. Select "Paragraph" from the list of formatting options.
    • Click on the "Indents & Spacing" section. You should see the words "Before text" and "First line."
    • Use the up and down arrow buttons to increase or decrease the hanging indent.

Tips

  • Always save your work frequently when working in a word processing program.
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