The hanging indent feature indents each line except the first line by the amount specified in the By field, as shown in the example.
Example: Hanging Indent
The hanging indent feature indents the first line of the paragraph from the margin by the amount specified in the Left field. The amount in the Left field plus the amount specified in the By field indent all subsequent lines.
When you begin typing the following paragraph, you might find that your paragraph is indented one inch on both sides. When you start a new paragraph in Microsoft Word, the setting from the previous paragraph carries over. If you wish, you can reset the indentation. If you choose not to reset the indentation, it will not affect your ability to perform the exercise.
- Type the following:
Hanging Indent: The hanging indent feature indents the first line by the amount specified in the Left field. Subsequent lines are indented by the amount specified in the Left field plus the amount specified in the By field.
Highlight the paragraph you just typed.
- Choose Format > Paragraph from the menu.
- Choose the Indents and Spacing tab.
- In the Special field, click to open the pull-down menu.
- Click Hanging.
- In the By box, type 2.0".
- Click OK.
- Place the cursor after the colon following "Hanging Indent."
- Press the Tab key.
Notice how the indentation changes.