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How to Indent a Whole Paragraph in Word 2013

Word 2013 allows you to indent every line of a paragraph, by moving the paragraph's left margin over to the right a notch, just like Mr. Bunny: Hop, hop, hop. This technique is popular for typing block quotes or nested paragraphs.

To indent a paragraph one tab stop from the left, click the Increase Indent command button in the Home tab's Paragraph group or press Ctrl+M.

To unindent an indented paragraph, click the Decrease Indent command button in the Home tab's Paragraph group or press Ctrl+Shift+M.

Each time you use the Increase Indent command, the paragraph's left edge hops over one tab stop (typically, one half-inch). To undo this and shuffle the paragraph back to the left, use the Decrease Indent command.

When you want to get specific, you can set the left and right indents for a paragraph by using the Page Layout tab's Paragraph group or the Paragraph dialog box. The Left item sets the indentation of the paragraph's left edge. The Right item sets the indentation of the paragraph's right edge.

  • Indenting a paragraph doesn’t affect the paragraph's alignment.

  • To indent both the left and right sides of a paragraph, set both left and right indents to the same value.

  • To undo any paragraph indenting, set both Left and Right indent values to 0.

  • Setting positive values for the paragraph’s indent in the Page Layout tab’s Paragraph group moves the paragraph’s edges inward. Setting negative values moves the edges outward. When the values are set to 0, the paragraph's margins match the page's margin.

  • You cannot decrease the indent beyond the left margin of the page.

  • Do not try to mix left and right indenting with a first-line indent or hanging indent while drowsy or while operating heavy equipment.

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