How to Make a Hanging Indent

Hanging indents are often used in the 'Works Cited' page of a research paper. A hanging indent is the reverse of a paragraph indent. In a paragraph indent, the first line of text is indented and all of the following lines are flush with the margin. In a hanging indent, the first line of text is flush with the margin and all of the following lines are indented. Auto-format settings make the hanging indent a bit tricky to create in Microsoft Word.

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You may need to make hanging indents as part of doing a research paper.

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Type the text that needs hanging indents without any indents first.

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Place your cursor at the end of the first line of text.

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Press the "Enter" key on your keyboard. The cursor will move to the beginning of the second line of text.

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Press "Enter" again. The cursor will not move.

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Press the "Tab" key. The second line of text will indent without auto-formatting any other line of text.

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Repeat Steps 1 to 5 for any additional lines of text.