Indenting paragraphs

These examples show the effect of the four types of indent proposed on the appearance of the paragraph.


Using the mouse

Select the relevant paragraph or place the insertion point in the paragraph.

You can display the ruler by checking the Ruler option on the View tab (Show group).

The ruler proposes four tab stops which correspond to the four existing tab stops:


Drag the markers to the required position.

While the mouse is held down, you see a vertical line; as soon as you release it, the indent you have defined is taken into account.

To position the indents with more precision, hold down the [Alt] key when you drag: the ruler changes and displays the distances between margins and indents.

To create a hanging indent, move the hanging indent marker on the ruler to the right.

A hanging indent looks like this:

You can also create a first line or hanging indent by clicking the left tab button images/13i52a.png until you see the first line indent images/13i52.png button, or the hanging indent images/13i53.png button, then clicking on the ruler.
The images/13iac22.png and images/13iac23.png tool buttons (Home tab - Paragraph group) can also be used to increase or decrease the left indent.

Using the dialogue box

Select the relevant paragraphs or place the insertion point in the paragraph.

From the Home tab, go to the Paragraph group and click the images/13i10.png tool button.

You can also double-click one of the indent markers on the ruler.

Click the Indents and Spacing tab.


In this dialogue box, the Indentation area is indicating a Left Indent, a Right indent, and a Special indent.

Select the measurement values to apply ...