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How to Indent an Entire Paragraph in Word 2010

Just as you can indent the first line of a paragraph in Word 2010, you can indent every line of a paragraph. To indent an entire paragraph, you move the paragraph's left margin over to the right a notch. 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:

  • 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.

Although the Ctrl+M and Ctrl+Shift+M shortcuts aren’t mnemonic, their only difference is a Shift key. So, after you get used to using them (hopefully, before the afterlife), they’re easy to remember.

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:

  • The Left item sets the indentation for the paragraph's left edge.

  • The Right item sets the indentation for the paragraph's right edge.

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


Click the Dialog Box Launcher button, found in the lower-right corner of the Paragraph group, to open the Paragraph dialog box. Select the Mirror Indents check box to set the inside (toward the fold between the pages) and outside (toward the edges) margins so that an indented paragraph on one page mirrors the paragraph on the opposite page.

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