Indents and Tabs

In Word 2016 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.
  2. Click and drag the desired indent marker. In our example, we'll click and drag the left indent marker.
  3. Release the mouse. The paragraphs will be indented.

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. The Indent commands will adjust the indent by 1/2-inch increments.

  1. Select the text you want to indent.
  2. On the Home tab, click the Increase Indent or Decrease Indent command.
  3. The text will indent.

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