How to create a hanging indent Word on all platforms

How to create a hanging indent Word on all platforms

Microsoft Word is the most widely-used document editor. Many cannot name other editors if asked. Microsoft Word’s popularity stems from its long list of features. One of the features is creating a hanging indent Word (More about this below).

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Over the years, many document editors have emerged, but Microsoft Word remains king. This application has seen several revamps and versions. You can use the software even on your iPad. What about PC users? They too, can enjoy this wonderful program.

How do you create a hanging indent Word?

Remember we have mentioned that this document editor has tons of features. However, it is one thing to access the features and knowing how to use them. Well, here are the steps you should use when you want to displace the second line and rest of the lines in a paragraph slightly to the right on different platforms.

How do you create a hanging indent in Word 2010?

Before we get to the steps, a quick mention about what a hanging indent in Word means will help you understand the procedure even better.

An indent is where you have some lines in a paragraph start slightly to the right compared to the rest of the lines.

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For the 2010 version of this document editor, here are the steps:

  1. Highlight the paragraph or block of text you want to format.
  2. Click on the “Home” tab at the top left section.
  3. In the Paragraph section, click on the small down-facing arrow in the bottom right corner.
  4. A Paragraph dialogue box will pop up.
  5. Click on the drop-down option under “Special:”
  6. Choose “Hanging”
  7. Click on “OK” to complete the process.

Here are the steps in pictures.

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The above photo shows the first three steps.

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Where is the hanging indent in Word 2016?

If you have switched from the 2010 version to the 2016 release, you may be wondering the steps to follow. How to do a hanging indent in the new version of Word is similar to how you would do it in its predecessor.

Now, where will you find the feature?

Here is how to do a hanging indent on Word 2016:

Procedure one

  • Click on the “Home” tab
  • Under the “Paragraph” section, click on the small arrow at the bottom right corner
  • The above step will bring up the “Paragraph” dialogue box

Procedure two

  • Highlight the paragraph or block of text/citations that you want to format
  • Click on the “View” tab
  • Select the “Ruler” option
  • Hover on the Ruler until you see “Hanging Indent”
  • Click, hold, and drag to the right up to the 0.5-inch mark

The following pictures will illustrate the listed steps.

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The above photo shows the first three steps.

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Use the Ruler to create the format you want.

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Procedure three

  • Highlight the block of text you want to format
  • Right-click on it
  • The “Paragraph” dialogue box will pop up
  • Choose “Hanging” under the “Special” drop-down menu

Here is the illustration.

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Procedure four

This procedure takes advantage of one of this document editor's shortcuts.

  • Select a block of text
  • Press CTRL+T

Although Word 2010 and 2016 are different versions, all the above steps will work in both.

How do you do a hanging indent on Word for iPad?

How to make a hanging indent is easy, even when using your iPad. Here are the steps:

  • Launch Google Docs
  • Paste your text on a new document
  • Select all the text you want to format
  • Click on the “Format” option
  • Choose “Align & indent”
  • Click on “Indentation options.”
  • The “Indentation options” dialogue box will pop up
  • Under “Special”, choose “Hanging”
  • Click on “Apply”

Creating a hanging indent Word is pretty straightforward, regardless of the platform. As explained, most of the steps will work on multiple platforms and versions. Which of the described procedures will be your favourite when formatting your citations? What about the CTRL+T shortcut?

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