Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
To add room before a paragraph, use the Before command, also found on the Page Layout tab’s
Both commands are also found in the Paragraph dialog box, in the Spacing area (refer to Figure
The space you add before or after a paragraph becomes part of its format.
Most of the time, space is added after a paragraph.
You can add space before a paragraph, for example, to further separate text from a document
heading or subhead.
To add space inside a paragraph, use the line-spacing commands, described earlier in
The values used in the After or Before boxes are points, not inches or potrzebies. Points are also
Adding space before or after a paragraph is a great way to spread out a list of bullet points or
numbered steps without affecting the line spacing within the bullet points or steps.
Graphics designers prefer to insert more space between paragraphs when the first
line of a paragraph isn’t indented, as in this topic. When you indent the first line, it’s okay to
have less spacing between paragraphs. See the next section.
Do you suffer from the shame of manual paragraph indenting? It’s a hidden secret. Yes, even though
computers enjoy doing tasks automatically, too many Word users still begin a paragraph of text by
pressing the Tab key. It’s ugly, but it’s a topic that must be discussed.
Word can indent your paragraphs for you: left side, right side, both sides, or maybe just the first line.
It can even outdent the first line, which is truly something to behold. This section discusses various
paragraph-indenting and -outdenting options.
Indenting the first line of a paragraph
To have Word automatically indent the first line of every paragraph you type, heed these steps:
1. Conjure up the Paragraph dialog box.