How to add or change the first-line indent in Microsoft Word
What is a first-line indent?
The first-line indent is as it sounds; the first line of a paragraph is slightly indented in comparison to the remainder of the text in the paragraph.
Adding the first-line indent makes it easy for your reader to identify where a new paragraph or topic starts. They are not ‘required’ but are commonly used in Microsoft Word Documents to provide readers with a user-friendly layout.
There are two ways to insert the first-line indent, manually, by pressing ‘Tab’. Using the Tab button to insert an indent will move your text to the right by 1/2 and inch.
If you are looking to customise or change the size of your first-line indent, continue reading the steps below.
Adding or Changing the first-line indent in Word
- Open Word
- Place your cursor where you would like the insert or edit the first-line indent
- Right Click
- Click Paragraph
- Select First Line under ‘Special’
- Customise the indentation you would like on the first line
- Press OK
You have now successfully inserted and customised the first line indent in your Microsoft Word Document.
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