How to Create Hanging Indent in Google Docs (in less than 5 seconds)

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create hanging indents in Google Docs.

What are Hanging Indents?

If you work with citations and/or quotations, you may need to create hanging indents to meet formatting guidelines.

Hanging Indent means that the first line of the paragraph has an indent.

Something as shown below:

Hanging Indent in Google Docs - Example

How to Get Hanging Indent in Google Docs?

Here are the steps to get hanging indent in Google Docs:

  1. Make sure the ruler is visible. If it's not, go to View –> Show Ruler.Hanging Indent in Google Docs - Show ruler
  2. Select the paragraph(s) that you want to indent.
  3. In the ruler, you will see a blue icon that consists of a downward pointing arrow a line above it (as shown below).Hanging Indent in Google Docs - blue arrow
  4. Drag the blue downward pointing arrow to the right. This will indent all the paragraphs to the right.
  5. Select the blue line above the arrow and drag it to the right to get the first line indented.

This will create a hanging indent in Google docs for all the selected paragraphs.

If you only have a couple of citations for which you want to create a hanging indent, follow the below steps:

  1. Place the cursor at the beginning of the first line and click.
  2. Hit the tab key on your keyboard.

This will create an indent in the first line while the rest of the paragraph would be unchanged.

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