Create or remove a hanging indent

Want to create a hanging indent or get rid of one that’s driving you crazy? You’re in the right place.

In a hanging indent, the second and subsequent lines of a paragraph are indented more than the first line.

The fastest way to remove a hanging indent is to select the paragraph, click Home > Paragraph dialog box launcher, and then click (none) in the Paragraph dialog box.

Add a hanging indent

  1. Highlight all the text (other than the first line of the paragraph) you want to indent.

  2. Click the Home tab, and then click the Paragraph dialog box launcher.

    Open the Paragraph dialog box by clicking the arrow at the lower-right corner of the Paragraph group on the Home tab of the ribbon.
  3. Under Indentation, in the Before text box, click the arrow to approximately .5".

    Note: One-half inch is the typical measurement for indenting a hanging paragraph.

  4. Click the arrow next to Special, and choose Hanging.

  1. Click the Home tab, and then click the Paragraph dialog box launcher.

    Open the Paragraph dialog box by clicking the arrow at the lower-right corner of the Paragraph group on the Home tab of the ribbon.
  2. Under Indentation, click the arrow next to Special, and choose None.

To add a hanging indent to an unnumbered list (short lines of text separated by line breaks, rather than a paragraph that flows from line to line), you follow steps similar to adding a hanging indent.

  1. Highlight all the short lines of text (other than the first line of the paragraph) you want to indent.

  2. Click the Home tab, and then click the Paragraph dialog box launcher.

    Open the Paragraph dialog box by clicking the arrow at the lower-right corner of the Paragraph group on the Home tab of the ribbon.
  3. Under Indentation, in the Before text box, click the arrow to approximately .5".

    Note: One-half inch is the typical measurement for indenting a hanging paragraph.

  4. Click the arrow next to Special, and choose First line.

Add a hanging indent

  1. Highlight all the text (other than the first line of the paragraph) you want to indent.

  2. Click the Home tab, and then click the Paragraph dialog box launcher.

    In the Paragraph group, click the launcher button at the bottom right corner to open the Paragraph dialog box
  3. Under Indentation, in the Before text box, click the arrow to approximately .5".

    Note: One-half inch is the typical measurement for indenting a hanging paragraph.

  4. Click the arrow next to Special, and choose Hanging.

  1. Click the Home tab, and then click the Paragraph dialog box launcher.

    In the Paragraph group, click the launcher button at the bottom right corner to open the Paragraph dialog box
  2. Under Indentation, click the arrow next to Special, and choose (none).

To add a hanging indent to an unnumbered list (short lines of text separated by line breaks, rather than a paragraph that flows from line to line), you follow steps similar to adding a hanging indent.

  1. Highlight all the short lines of text (other than the first line of the paragraph) you want to indent

  2. Click the Home tab, and then click the Paragraph dialog box launcher.

    In the Paragraph group, click the launcher button at the bottom right corner to open the Paragraph dialog box
  3. Under Indentation, in the Before text box, click the arrow to approximately .5".

    Note: One-half inch is the typical measurement for indenting a hanging paragraph.

  4. Click the arrow next to Special, and choose First line.

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