How to indent first line of paragraphs in Microsoft Word

How to indent first line of paragraphs in Microsoft Word
How to indent first line of paragraphs in Microsoft Word
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Are you tired of pressing the key Tab to indent each paragraph of your document? Word software allows you to indent your paragraphs automatically, with a few simple settings. Follow this guide on how to automatically indent a paragraph, in Word 2007, 2010, and 2013.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Create an indent in Word 2010/2013

Indent the First Line of Every Paragraph in Microsoft Word Step 1

Step 1. Open the Paragraph dialog box

In the lower right corner of the section Paragraph, select the small arrow there. You can access the section Paragraph from the tab Home or tab Layout.

You must do this process before you start typing your text. Or if the text has already been typed, select the paragraphs you want to indent

Indent the First Line of Every Paragraph in Microsoft Word Step 2

Step 2. Look for the Withdraw option

This option is in the tab Indentation and spacing.

Indent the First Line of Every Paragraph in Microsoft Word Step 3

Step 3. Select the drop-down menu under Special

Choose First line to automatically add an indent to the first line of each paragraph.

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Step 4. Enter the size of the indentation

This is the number of centimeters the indentation should occupy. The most used size is 1.25 cm. You can see an overview of the changes in the section Overview at the bottom of the dialog box.

Indent the First Line of Every Paragraph in Microsoft Word Step 5

Step 5. Click OK

This will save the changes, and apply them to the text. Click on Define by default, if you want the changes to apply automatically to new documents.

Method 2 of 2: Create an indent in Word 2007

Indent the First Line of Every Paragraph in Microsoft Word Step 6

Step 1. Select the Layout tab

This tab is at the top of the Microsoft Word ribbon.

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Step 2. Go to the Indent and Spacing section

Click the small arrow in the lower right corner of the section. This will open the dialog box Paragraph.

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Step 3. Look for the Withdrawal header

In the section Withdrawal, there is a drop-down menu labeled Special. Click on this menu and choose the option First line.

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Step 4. Select the size of the indentation

You can select the size from the menu Of. The standard indent size is 1.25cm.

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Step 5. Click OK and continue typing your text

Word will automatically indent the first line of each paragraph.

Advice

  • If the indent option is on, but you do not want a line to be indented, press and hold. Shift while pressing Enter.

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