Normal and Hanging Indents

In Word 2000 indents add structure to documents. Use the indent ruler and tabs to help make documents clearer.

Indenting text

The indent feature sets temporary left and right margins for paragraph text. It can also be used to set a first-line indent for paragraphs.

To indent one or more lines of text:

  • Use the Paragraph dialog box. This method allows for a lot of precision setting left and right indents. Indenting is measured in inches. You can change the indent in tenths of inches.

    Indention section of Paragraph dialog box.
  • In the Indentation section, you can click the increment arrows to enter the amount of indentation.

  • Use the Increase Indent/Decrease Indent buttons on the Formatting toolbar.

Indent buttons

This is the most convenient way of setting a left indent. Clicking the Increase Indent button once indents text to a default 0.5".

Remember, there is a difference between indents and tabs. If you set a tab, only one line of text is indented. If you click one of the indent buttons or set an indent in the Paragraph dialog box, all of the text you type afterward will be indented.