Indent Text

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

Indent text

An indent is the space between your margin and your text. Don't confuse the margin and the indent. The indent feature is often used to set a first-line indent for paragraphs.

To indent one or more lines of text:

  • You can use the Paragraph dialog box or select the blue Indentation link under Paragraph on the task pane. This method allows for a great amount of precision for setting left and right indents. Indenting is measured in inches. You can change the indent in tenths of inches.

Indent Options

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


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

Indent Buttons

CompleteClicking the Increase/Decrease Indent buttons is the most convenient way of setting a left or right indent. Each time you click the Increase Indent or Decrease Indent button, your text is moved 0.5 inches by default.

Indented Paragraph

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.