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How do I create a hanging indent in my document?

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Checked.png Checked for technical accuracy Psjlisa 22:55, 27 June 2010 (UTC)


How do I create a hanging indent in my document?


Set a hanging indent using Styles and Formatting, and (optionally) adjust the offset using the Paragraph window, as follows:


To Use a pre-defined style:

  1. Open the Styles and Formatting window (select: Format > Styles and Formatting from the pulldown menu). Place the text cursor in the text that you want to format as hanging indent (or have the cursor in an empty text style and enter the text later)
  2. Double-click on the Hanging Indent choice in the Styles and Formatting window. This default style has a hanging indent - but it also has a left margin offset of .19 inches.

(OPTION) To change the indent offset:

  1. After performing the above two steps, close the Styles and Formatting window.
  2. Place your cursor in the paragraph with the hanging indent.
  3. Choose Format > Paragraph
  4. Select the Indents & Spacing tab in the Paragraph window
  5. Click on the up and down arrows to adjust the Before text and First line measurements to adjust the offset of the hanging indent.


OR

To create your own style:


  1. Choose Format > Styles and Formatting
  2. Select one of the "generic" styles such as Default
  3. Right click (in the Styles and Formatting window) to get the context menu and select New.
  4. In the dialog that appears, enter a new name for the style
  5. Click on the Indents & Spacing tab. For a .25 inch hanging style, enter ".25" in the Before text field. Then enter "-.25" in the First Line field Click OK. The new style will be available in the Styles and Formatting window list.


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