Hanging indents (without the TAB key)

Librarians provide a lot of citation help to students while on the reference desk. We often see students using the TAB key to create indents for reference and works cited lists. If you are one of these students you will be happy to learn that Microsoft Word has built-in  hanging indent capabilities.

Step 1: Highlight the paragraph/citation/page, etc. you want indented. 

Indent Demo

Step 2: Under the home tab, you should see the area that says “Paragraph”. Click the little box at the bottom right of the paragraph area. 



Step 3: Under ‘Indentation’, choose ‘Special’. Then click on the drop-down menu and choose ‘Hanging’. Click OK. 


 Step 4: Like magic, watch your selections turn beautifully formatted with hanging indents!



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