Word 2003 Paragraph Indent Feature


Paragraph Indent is the amount of horizontal space of the paragraph i.e. offset them to the right or left of the body text margin.

To apply the paragraph indent

  • Select the paragraph you wish to indent or place the insertion point in the paragraph you wish to indent.
  • From the Format menu, click Paragraph.

    paragraph indent dialog box



  • From the Paragraph dialog box, select the Indents and Spacing tab (if not ready displayed).
  • In the Indentation section, enter a positive number in the Left: box (try 0.5”)
  • Click OK. This will offset the entire paragraph to the right.Note: If you enter a positive number in the Right: box, this will offset the entire paragraph to the left (from the paragraph right hand side)

    Tip: You can apply the negative indent too. Just enter the negative number to the Left: or Right: box.

    To apply the first line indent

  • Select the paragraph you wish to indent or place the insertion point in the paragraph you wish to indent.
  • From the Format menu, click Paragraph.
  • From the Paragraph dialog box, select the Indents and Spacing tab (if not ready displayed).

    First line indent



  • In the Indentation section, choose First line from the Special: drop down menu.
  • You can modify the range in the By: box, the default is 0.5”.

    To apply the hanging indent

  • Select the paragraph you wish to indent or place the insertion point in the paragraph you wish to indent.
  • From the Format menu, click Paragraph.
  • From the Paragraph dialog box, select the Indents and Spacing tab (if not ready displayed).
  • In the Indentation section, choose Hanging from the Special: drop down menu.You can modify the range in the By: box, the default is 0.5”.

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