Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Indenting Paragraphs and First Lines
Applying margin changes: On the Apply To drop-down list, choose
Whole Document to apply your margin settings to the entire
document; This Section to apply them to a section; or This Point Forward to
change margins in the rest of a document. When you choose This Point
Forward, Word creates a new section.
If you’re in a hurry to change margins, you can change them on the ruler.
Display the ruler and drag the Left Margin, Right Margin, or Top Margin
marker. You can find these markers by moving the pointer onto a ruler and
looking for the two-headed arrow near a margin boundary. It appears, along
with a pop-up label, when the pointer is over a margin marker.
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To get a good look at where margins are, go to the File tab and choose
Options. In the Word Options dialog box, select the Advanced category,
and click the Show Text Boundaries check box (you’ll find it under “Show
Document Content”).
Indenting Paragraphs and First Lines
An indent is the distance between a margin and the text, not the edge of
the page and the text. Word offers a handful of ways to change the
indentation of paragraphs. You can change the indentation of first lines as well as
entire paragraphs. To start, select all or part of the paragraphs you want to
re-indent (just click in a paragraph if you want to re-indent only one
paragraph). Then click an Indent button, fiddle with the indentation marks on
the ruler, or go to the Paragraph dialog box. All three techniques are
described here.
Clicking an Indent button (for left-indents)
On the Home tab, click the Increase Indent or Decrease Indent button (or
press Ctrl+M or Ctrl+Shift+M) to move a paragraph a half-inch farther away
from or closer to the left margin. If you created tab stops, text is indented
to the next or previous tab stop as well as to the next or previous half-inch.
This is the fastest way to indent text, although you can’t indent first lines or
indent from the right margin this way.
“Eye-balling it” with the ruler
You can also change indentations by using the ruler to “eyeball it.” This
technique requires some dexterity with the mouse, but it allows you to see
precisely where paragraphs and the first lines of paragraphs are indented. If
necessary, display the ruler by going to the View tab and clicking the Ruler
check box. Then click in or select the paragraph or paragraphs that need
indenting and use these techniques to re-indent them:
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