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How to Make a Hanging Indent in a Word 2007 Paragraph

Word 2007 can hang the indentation of every paragraph you type. A hanging indent is an indentation where the first line sticks out to the left and the rest of the paragraph is indented. To have Word hang and indent a paragraph, you need to complete five simple steps.

1

Position the insertion pointer in the paragraph you want to hang and indent.

A hanging indent is a good way to present paragraph lists. The hanging indent is really an indent-everything-but-the-first-line-of-the-paragraph type of indentation.

2

Click the Page Layout tab in the Ribbon.

You find indenting and paragraph spacing in the Paragraph group.

3

Open the Paragraph dialog box by clicking the Dialog Box Launcher button in the lower-right corner of the Paragraph group.

Many of the paragraph-formatting commands require you to enter values, so the finer controls are in the Paragraph dialog box.

4

In the Indentation area, select the Hanging option from the Special drop-down list.

The By box automatically reads 0.5", which means that Word automatically hangs and indents the paragraph a half-inch. Enter another value to make your indent more or less outrageous.

5

Click OK.

The selected block of text, or the current paragraph and the remaining paragraphs you type, all have a hanging indent.

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