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Indenting a Paragraph
fi rst page, the title, and the headings), have a fi rst-line indent. Figure 2-21 shows some
examples of other common paragraph indents.
Figure 2-21
Common paragraph indents
click the Decrease Indent butt on to
move a paragraph .5 inches to the left
click the Increase Indent button to
move a paragraph .5 inches to the right
drag the First Line
Indent marker to
indent the fi rst line
of a paragraph
drag the Hanging
Indent marker to
indent every line
except the first line
of a paragraph
drag the Left Indent
marker to indent an
entire paragraph
drag th e Right
Indent marker
to indent a
paragraph from
the right margin
To quickly indent an entire paragraph .5 inch from the left, position the insertion
point in the paragraph you want to indent and then click the Increase Indent button
in the Paragraph group on the Home tab. You can continue to indent the paragraph in
increments of .5 inches by repeatedly clicking the Increase Indent button. To move an
indented paragraph back to the left .5 inch, click the Decrease Indent button.
To create fi rst line, hanging, or right indents, you can use the indent markers on the
ruler. First, click in the paragraph you want to indent, or select multiple paragraphs. Then
drag the appropriate indent marker to the left or right on the horizontal ruler. The indent
markers are small and can be hard to see. As shown in Figure 2-21, the First Line Indent
marker looks like the top half of an hour glass; the Hanging Indent marker looks like the
bottom half. The square below the Hanging Indent marker is the Left Indent marker The .
Right Indent Marker looks just like the Hanging Indent marker, except that it is located
on the far right side of the horizontal ruler.
Note that when you indent an entire paragraph using the Increase Indent button, the
three indent markers, shown stacked on top of one another in Figure 2-21, move as a
unit along with the paragraphs you are indenting.
In Natalie’s Disaster paper, you will indent the fi rst lines of the body paragraphs
.5 inch from the left margin, as specifi ed by the MLA style.
You can also click in the
paragraph you want to
indent, or select multiple
paragraphs, click the
Dialog Box Launcher in
the Paragraph group,
and then adjust the
Indentation settings.
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