Indenting text adds structure to your document by allowing you to separate information. Whether you'd like to move a single line or an entire paragraph, you can use the tab selector and the horizontal ruler to set tabs and indents.
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In many types of documents, you may want to indent only the first line of each paragraph. This helps to visually separate paragraphs from one another. It's also possible to indent every line except for the first line, which is known as a hanging indent.
To indent using the Tab key:
A quick way to indent is to use the Tab key. This will create a first-line indent of 1/2 inch.
- Place the insertion point at the very beginning of the paragraph you want to indent.
Placing the insertion point
- Press the Tab key. On the ruler, you should see the first-line indent marker move to the right by 1/2 inch.
- The first line of the paragraph will be indented.
The indented paragraph
If you can't see the ruler, select the View tab, then click the check box next to Ruler.