How to change the left indent in a Microsoft Word document
You have opened a Word Document and noticed that the left indent on a paragraph is either missing, the wrong size or incorrect.
Changing the left indent changes that layout of your document. Different types of indentations such as first-line indents or hanging indents serve alternate purposes and should be used correctly to allow your reader to easily understand and navigate your Microsoft Word document.
There are two ways to adjust the left indent:
- Use the Tab Button
- Using Paragraphs
Using the Tab button is the most straightforward but does leave you with the standard 1.27cm indent and no alternative options.
If you are looking for a more customised indentation, using paragraphs will be best for you.
In this post, we will show you how to adjust a paragraph indent using tab and paragraphs. Leaving you to decide which option works best for you.
How to adjust the indent tab in Microsoft Word
1. Using the Tab Button
- Open Word
- Place your cursor next to the line you would like to indent
- If you would like to indent an entire paragraph, simply highlight the paragraph in this step
- Press Tab
Wolah, you have created an indent in just 3 simple steps. To remove the tab indentation from your first line or paragraph simply place your curser where the spacing ends and press delete. Poof, gone!
2. Using Paragraphs
- Open Word
- Place your cursor where you would like the insert or edit the first-line indent
- Right Click
- Click Paragraph
- Customise, remove or edit the indentation using the options under Indentation
- Press OK
You have now updated, changed, edited or removed the indentation using paragraphs. This option gives you greater flexibility to customise the size and type of indentation you are looking for.
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