Hanging indent

Alternatively referred to as a negative indent, a hanging indent is an indent that indents all text except the first line. Below is an example of a hanging indent, which is often used in a bibliography.

Hanging indent

To create a hanging indent in Microsoft Word follow the steps below.

  1. Highlight the paragraph that you want to have formatted as a hanging indented paragraph.
  2. Once highlighted, click Format and then Paragraph or right-click the highlighted paragraph and click Paragraph.
  3. Under the paragraph Indentation, in the Special box, select Hanging.

Also see: Indent, Tab