How to Indent in Word 2007

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Microsoft Word comes configured with its own set of defaults for how text appears on the page. As users begin typing, text is left-aligned and set up against a 1.25 inch left and right margin. To get more space on the page, call attention to a specific item or to reorganize how paragraphs appear on the page, override those defaults and set your own indentation. Indenting in Word 2007 is a little bit like nudging something across the road -- a few quick taps and your text is on its way.

  • Open Word 2007. Type text or open a document with existing text to indent.

  • Click the cursor anywhere in the section of text to indent. Right-click and select "Paragraph." The "Paragraph" window opens with the "Indents and Spacing" tab already selected.

  • Nudge up the "Left" or "Right" indent boxes, under the "Indentation" section. Although the text may look indented already, it is actually flush zero with the margin. Any increase in these boxes will shift the text over to the left or right, respectively. Watch as the text indents on the screen and determine how much to indent.

  • Click the "OK" button to close the "Paragraph" window and return to the text. Scroll to the next section to indent and repeat the process.

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