Microsoft Word is all about making good-looking documents for personal or business use. Microsoft Word can even auto indent the first line of every paragraph. This is a very handy feature to learn, because in many applications, simply using the < Tab > key in Word will confuse other programs because it uses special code. The auto-indent feature eliminates this hassle.
Start the Microsoft Word application. At the top, in between "Insert" and "Tools," Click on "Format" (blue highlighted section with the blue circle in the caption).
Scroll down to "Paragraph" (blue highlighted text with blue arrow in caption) and right click it. This will open up the "Paragraph options" box and allow you to customize a few things, including auto-indent.
Go to the "Indentation" box in the second section from the top, and hit the drop-down arrow in the "Special" column (the left option in the red box in caption), and choose "First Line." Then click the drop-down arrow in the "By" column and choose how much indent you wish the document to have--standard is 0.5. Then, click “OK” (located in the green box in caption) and your document will auto-indent by half an inch at the start of every new paragraph.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are submitting a story or article on the Internet, find out beforehand how much indent the editors wish to see for each paragraph.
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