Hanging indents are frequently used while writing any academic paper; also, it is being utilized for many purposes while writing a document. Hanging indent, also popularly known as second-line indent owning to its purpose to indent all lines of a certain paragraph except for the first line.
Hanging indent is mostly used by students and academics while creating a citation in APA or MLA format that requires indent the second line of a citation while keeping the first line unchanged.
Microsoft word is a popular software for creating documents and is widely used for academic purposes. Having said that, Google Docs is growing faster, and users are getting incline to use this web-based application considering its easy and convenient user interface. However, it is still pretty difficult to find hanging indent in this Google-backed word processing application.
In this article, we will illustrate how to create a hanging indent in Google Docs in easy steps.
Steps to Add Hanging Indent in Google Docs
Step 1: Access Google docs through Google docs.google.com or through its application; make sure you have already written the text that needs to have a hanging indent.
Step 3: After opening the document that has the text which needs to have special indent , click on Format and then put the cursor on Align and Indent. It will give a bunch of options to apply indent in your documents, select Indentation Options at the bottom.
Step 2: On the next screen, select Hanging Indent from the drop-down under Special Indent. Select ‘Hanging.’ You may select the value next to it as per the indentation requirement of the next line. By default, it would be 0.5 that majorly applies for citation and referencing of academic papers.
Step 4: Click on Apply; Hanging indent will be auto-applied to your selected text:
Google docs is a powerful tool when it comes to word processing and can be used for various purposes; the hanging indent function makes it a capable tool for writing types of academic papers, essays, and thesis. Along with the Hanging indent, this tool has many other formatting functions such as auto-applying header and footer along with text that makes it a useful tool for many types of work.
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