Create a hanging indent in Word for the web

A paragraph has hanging indentation when the second line and any lines that follow are all indented further than the first line. Hanging indentation is often used for formatting bibliographies, and it is typically part of list styles that use bullets or numbers.

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Add hanging indentation in Word for the web

  1. In Word for the web, select some text in the paragraph or paragraphs that you want to have hanging indentation.

  2. On the Home tab, click the arrow in the bottom right of the Paragraph group.

    On the Home tab, click the launcher arrow to open the Paragraph dialog box.

    Word for the web displays the Paragraph dialog box.

  3. Under Indentation, in the Special list, select Hanging.

    Select a type of indentation from the Special list, and then set the measurement in By.
  4. In By, type the size of indentation that you want, or use the arrows on the right side to adjust the value up or down.

    Tip: To also set indentation for the first line of the paragraph, change the measurement of Before text. To indent all lines in paragraph from the right side, change the measurement of After text.

  5. Click OK.

Change the hanging indentation of bullets and numbers

In Word for the web, you can add hanging indentation to your paragraphs, and you can apply bullet and numbering styles, but you need the desktop version of Word to change the hanging indentation of bulleted and numbered lists. If you have the Word desktop application, you can click Open in Word to open the document in Word and make changes to the indentation of bullets and numbering.

Image of Open In Word command in Word Online

If you want help with hanging indentation in the desktop version of Word, and your computer runs Windows, see Create a hanging indent. If you're using a Mac, see Create a hanging indent in Word 2016 for Mac.

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