Hanging indentation in Google Docs.

  1. Select the text you plan to indent.
  2. In the top menu, click Format > Align & Indent > Indentation Options.
  3. Under Special Indent, change the drop-down box to “Hanging.”
  4. Adjust the indentation length if needed, then click “Apply.”

Google Docs makes it easy to create a hanging indent in your documents. You can use either a menu bar option or the document ruler to make a hanging indent. We’ll show you how.

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Create a Hanging Indent With a Menu Bar Option

A quick and easy way to create a hanging indent in Google Docs is to use a menu bar option.

To start, open your document on Google Docs. In the document, select the text to which you want to apply hanging indent options.

Select the text in a Google Docs document.

While your text is selected, in Google Docs’ menu bar, click Format > Align & Indent > Indentation Options.

Select the indentation option in Google Docs.

On the “Indentation Options” box, click the “Special Indent” drop-down menu and choose “Hanging.” Then, in the new box that opens, specify the indentation and click “Apply.”

Your hanging indent is now ready in your document.

Hanging indent created in Google Docs.

That’s all.

Create a Hanging Indent With the Ruler

If you prefer dragging and dropping items, use the ruler method to create a hanging indent in your documents.

Start by opening your document in Google Docs.

Enable the ruler if it is not already by clicking View > Show Ruler in Google Docs’ menu bar.

Select View > Show Ruler in Google Docs.

A ruler appears at the top of your document. To move your text or paragraph, click the blue triangle in the ruler and drag it to the right.

Drag the triangle to the right.

To now create a hanging indent, in the ruler, click the small blue line and drag it to wherever you want the hanging indent. This blue line only changes the indentation for the first line of your text.

Drag the blue line to change the first line's position.

And your hanging indent is now created.

Hanging indent in Google Docs.

And that’s all there is to it.

If you’re creating a slideshow presentation to go along with your document, you can also quickly and easily create a hanging indent in Google Slides.

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