Adjust indents in paragraph text

Note:  If you’re working with a bulleted or numbered list, see Adjust the indent in a bulleted or numbered list.

You can adjust the spacing of the first line of a paragraph to create a hanging or negative indent, or indent the whole paragraph. Depending on which one you want to do, you’ll use the Ruler on the View tab, or the options in the Paragraph group on the Home tab.

  1. If the ruler isn’t visible at the top of your presentation, check the Ruler box on the View tab.

  2. Select the text you want to change, then do one of the following:

  3. To indent the first line, on the horizontal top ruler, drag the First Line Indent marker First Line Indent marker where you want the text to start.

  4. To increase or decrease the left indent of the whole paragraph, on the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Increase List Level or Decrease List Level.

    Adjust list level

  5. To change the right indent of the whole paragraph, drag the Right Indent marker Right Indent marker where you want the text to end.

  6. To create a hanging indent, where second and subsequent lines of a paragraph are indented more than the first line, drag the Hanging Indent marker hanging indent marker where you want the indent to start.

  7. To create a negative indent, where the text extends into the left margin, drag the Left Indent marker Left Indent marker where you want the paragraph to start.

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