How to Create a Hanging Indent in Word

First Line Indent

First Line indent is where only the first line in the paragraph is indented. The paragraph below is an example.

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

Note: When creating indents be careful where your cursor is when you set it. It will effect the text below the cursor. Sometimes you may find it is easier to create or change indents after you have already created the text. You can do this by selecting the text you want to change and then creating or changing the indents.

Word ruler - Create first line indent

Hanging Indent

A Hanging indent is one in which the second and all of the following lines in a paragraph are indented more than the first. The paragraph below is an example.

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

Steps for Creating a hanging indent:
  1. Click the ruler's View tab and then from the Show group select the Ruler check box to show the rulers.
  2. Set the cursor where you want to start the hanging indent.
    If the paragraph(s) already exist you need to select them.
  3. Drag the hanging indent marker (shown below) to the right to the location you want. It’s the lower triangle on the ruler.
  4. If you want to also create a first line indent then drag the First Line Indent (the upper triangle) to where you want the first line to start.

Word Show how to create Hanging Indent

Indenting from both the left and right margins.

The following paragraph is indented from both the left and right margins.

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

When you drag the Left Indent it automatically moves the First Line Indent and the Hanging Indent at the same time.

Shows how to Indent  both the left and right margins