How to Create a Hanging Indent in Microsoft Word

A hanging indent is a paragraph formatting style where the first line of the paragraph starts at the margin, and the subsequent lines are indented. This style is commonly used for citations, lists, and other types of text where you want the first line to stand out.

Creating a hanging indent in Microsoft Word is a straightforward process:

  1. Select the paragraph or paragraphs you want to format with a hanging indent.

  2. Click the “Paragraph” dialog box launcher button in the Paragraph group on the Home tab.

  1. In the Paragraph dialog box, go to the Indentation tab.

  2. Under Indentation, select Hanging from the Special drop-down list.

  3. In the By box, enter the desired amount of indent for the subsequent lines. A typical value is 0.5 inches.

  4. Click OK to apply the hanging indent formatting.

Here’s an example of how to create a hanging indent for a citation:

Source: Smith, J. (2019). The effects of social media on mental health. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 38(4), 441-452.

As you can see, the first line of the citation starts at the margin, and the subsequent lines are indented. This makes it easy to see where the citation begins and ends.

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