Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph

In this topic, we will discuss about Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph.

Indenting are of two types. One is Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph or Paragraph Indenting and the other is Indenting the first line of a paragraph. In this topic, we shall learn Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph, both on the left and right sides. The next topic deals will indenting only the first line.

What is Indenting? Considering the location from where the text or paragraph starts on the left, any increase in Indent will shift the entire paragraph towards the right with respect to the left margin and any decrease in Indent will shift the paragraph towards the left with respect to the left margin.

Similarly, Indenting the right side of the paragraph involves increasing the flow of paragraph beyond the normal right margin or restricting the flow of paragraph to less than the normal right margin.

Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph can be achieved when we start typing the paragraph. Else, we can also do the formatting after we have finished typing the paragraph through cursor positioning and using the respective icons or the menu path.

In the first method, press this Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph icon or this Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph icon found in the Formatting Toolbar to Increase or Decrease Indent before starting to type the paragraph.

The second method is useful when you want to do the formatting, (Increase or Decrease Indent) after the paragraph has already been typed. In this case, you will need to position the cursor at the start of the paragraph and press either this Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph icon or this Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph icon.

By using the above icons, paragraph indenting can be done only for the left side of the paragraph. For indenting the right side as well as to learn advanced paragraph indenting, from Menu Bar, Go to Format -- Paragraph and within Paragraph, go to tab "Indents and Spacing". We shall discuss more advanced Paragraph Indenting from this menu path.

Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph Referring to the Graphic on your left, we are interested in the "Indentation" portion.

"Before Text" means Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph on the Left. By entering a positive value here, you increase the indent thereby allowing the paragraph to start towards the right of the left margin (Refer to Example 2 below). Conversely, by entering a negative value, you decrease the indent wherein the paragraph would start on the left of the left margin (Refer to Example 3 below).

"After Text" means Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph on the Right. By entering a positive value here, you increase the indent on the right thereby allowing the paragraph to end before the right margin (Refer to Example 4 below). Conversely, by entering a negative value, you decrease the indent wherein the paragraph would extend towards the right of the right margin (Refer to Example 5 below).


Given below are examples of paragraphs where we have used Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph, both on the left as well as the right side.

1. Text Formatting with normal Left and Right Margin

Delta, the second-busiest airline in the United States, canceled its Sunday flights at Boston's Logan International Airport, New York's LaGuardia Airport and Newark-Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and T.F. Green International Airport outside Providence, Rhode Island. The airline also suspended Delta Shuttle operations between New York, Boston and Washington, spokeswoman Gina Laughlin said on Saturday night. She encouraged customers to change flights and check updated flight information on the company's Web site. The airline was offering only limited service at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and airports in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Hartford, Connecticut, she said. Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph is not active in this paragraph. This paragraph is with normal Left and Right Margins.

2. Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph (Increase Left Paragraph Indent)

Delta, the second-busiest airline in the United States, canceled its Sunday flights at Boston's Logan International Airport, New York's LaGuardia Airport and Newark-Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and T.F. Green International Airport outside Providence, Rhode Island. The airline also suspended Delta Shuttle operations between New York, Boston and Washington, spokeswoman Gina Laughlin said on Saturday night. She encouraged customers to change flights and check updated flight information on the company's Web site. The airline was offering only limited service at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and airports in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Hartford, Connecticut, she said. Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph is active with increasing the Left Paragraph Indent.

3. Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph (Decrease Left Paragraph Indent)

Delta, the second-busiest airline in the United States, canceled its Sunday flights at Boston's Logan International Airport, New York's LaGuardia Airport and Newark-Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and T.F. Green International Airport outside Providence, Rhode Island. The airline also suspended Delta Shuttle operations between New York, Boston and Washington, spokeswoman Gina Laughlin said on Saturday night. She encouraged customers to change flights and check updated flight information on the company's Web site. The airline was offering only limited service at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and airports in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Hartford, Connecticut, she said. Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph is active with reducing the Left Paragraph Indent.

4. Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph (Increase Right Paragraph Indent)

Delta, the second-busiest airline in the United States, canceled its Sunday flights at Boston's Logan International Airport, New York's LaGuardia Airport and Newark-Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and T.F. Green International Airport outside Providence, Rhode Island. The airline also suspended Delta Shuttle operations between New York, Boston and Washington, spokeswoman Gina Laughlin said on Saturday night. She encouraged customers to change flights and check updated flight information on the company's Web site. The airline was offering only limited service at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and airports in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Hartford, Connecticut, she said. Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph is active with increasing the Right Paragraph Indent.

5. Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph (Decrease Right Paragraph Indent)

Delta, the second-busiest airline in the United States, canceled its Sunday flights at Boston's Logan International Airport, New York's LaGuardia Airport and Newark-Liberty International Airport in New Jersey and T.F. Green International Airport outside Providence, Rhode Island. The airline also suspended Delta Shuttle operations between New York, Boston and Washington, spokeswoman Gina Laughlin said on Saturday night. She encouraged customers to change flights and check updated flight information on the company's Web site. The airline was offering only limited service at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and airports in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Hartford, Connecticut, she said. Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph is active with reducing the Right Paragraph Indent.

This topic was somewhat long, but I am sure that, with a little practice, Text Formatting to Indent Paragraph would be an easy task.

Again, my request to you is that once you are through with a topic on Microsoft Word Tutorial, please try it out on MS Word. The more you try, the more proficient you will become in Microsoft Office!

Once you are through with this topic, let's proceed and cover the next interesting topic "Text Formatting to Indent First Line" of a paragraph.