How to Make a Hanging Indent in a Word 2007 Paragraph

By Dan Gookin

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.

1Position 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.


2Click the Page Layout tab in the Ribbon.

You find indenting and paragraph spacing in the Paragraph group.


3Open 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.


4In 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.

5Click OK.

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