Indents and Tabs

In Word 2013 indents and tabs add structure to documents. Use the MS Word indent ruler and tabs to help make documents clearer.

Indent markers

In some cases, you may want to have more control over indents. Word provides indent markers that allow you to indent paragraphs to the location you want. The indent markers are located to the left of the horizontal ruler, and they provide several indenting options:

To indent using the indent markers:

  1. Place the insertion point anywhere in the paragraph you want to indent, or select one or more paragraphs.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting paragraphs to indent
  2. Click, hold, and drag the desired indent marker. In our example, we'll click, hold, and drag the left indent marker. A live preview of the indent will appear in the document.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Moving a paragraph
  3. Release the mouse. The paragraphs will be indented.


    Screenshot of Word 2013The indented paragraphs

To indent using the Indent commands:

If you want to indent multiple lines of text or all lines of a paragraph, you can use the Indent commands.

  1. Select the text you want to indent.


    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting text to indent
  2. On the Home tab, click the desired Indent command:
    • Increase Indent: This increases the indent by increments of 1/2 inch. In our example, we'll increase the indent.
    • Decrease Indent: This decreases the indent by increments of 1/2 inch.


      Screenshot of Word 2013The Indent commands
  3. The text will indent.


    Screenshot of Word 2013The indented text

To customize the indent amounts, select the Page Layout tab and enter the desired values in the boxes under Indent.

Screenshot of Word 2013Customizing the indent amounts