Answered By: Kathryn Park Last Updated: May 18, 2015 Views: 471848
It's easier done than said:
- Place your cursor at the beginning of your second line, before any text
- Right click your mouse
- Select Paragraph from the resulting pop up menu
- Under Indentation, use the Special pull-down menu to select hanging
- Use the By menu to select 0.5"
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- When I highlight the 2nd line and do paragraph , indent, hanging for some reason it is indenting several lines not just the second line that I am highlighting! Please help, what am I doing wrong?
- Hi-Don't highlight the second line; just put your cursor in front of it, before the text.
Right click and select paragraph in the drop down menu. From there, you will see a box labelled Special. Select Hanging from the drop down menu. Hope that helps!
- This was a life-saver. Apple (Mac) sure keeps this information nicely hidden. I have been manually doing the hanging indent, and of course it's a mess & has the artificial spaces. This was easy to follow & worked like a charm. Yay!
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- If you are using Mac, simply highlight paragraph and choose format > paragraph and enter .5 in the indention area. Note: The instructions COM Librarian found online state to highlight the text, access the paragraph menu using the Format menu at the top of the screen, select Indents and Spacing, click Special, select Hanging, make sure the indentation is .5, and hit OK. Just want to be sure our bases are covered.
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- You can also make life easier by highlighting the bibliography (as long as there is a line between each entry) and right clicking> paragraph> special (this is in the indentation section above line spacing)> hanging.
It will automatically format with the hanging indent!
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- the simplest is: 1. put your cursor anywhere in the paragraph 2. in the ruler (up) drag the lower corner (triangle) to 5 (or any number you like) 3. Presto, you are indented. Note: Notice your ruler has two triangle and one rectangle. Learn to play with those three bar. Edit by COM Librarian: This is certainly another option. If you can't see the ruler above your document: 1. Select the View tab 2. In the Show area, put a check mark next to the ruler option. 3. You will drag the bottom triangle and the little rectangle underneath it. 4. For instructions from Microsoft w/ an illustration, copy and paste this web address into your browser's address bar: http://bit.ly/1r8u1uk
- So you don't have to do that repeatedly on each new source, start your bibliography on a new page. Then after step 5, above, click "set as default" to automatically format the rest of your citations with a hanging indent! This was great help! I had to roam the web a while before finding this! :P
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- it only worked for one, the other two had the first line moving with them
- Hi zdgsfi
It sounds to me like the other citations you tried to format were probably copied and pasted into your Word document, and it probably brought over some formatting with it. You can click the paragraph symbol in the Paragraph section in the Ribbon to reveal formatting. In 2010, it's the symbol on the top right of that area. Remove any unwanted breaks.
You can also try re-pasting, and choose to merge formatting or keep the text only, and one of those options should eliminate that formatting. If you keep the text only, be sure to change the font, add back any italics, etc.
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- I'm on a Mac and using Google Chrome. There is no "Special" drop down in the paragraph formatting box.
My options are indentation before text and after text. Both affect the entire paragraph.
There is also no ruler at the top of the screen to make any adjustments and there isn't one under the view menu to turn on. (11/16/14)
- If you're using the online version of MS Word, it can't be done.
According to Microsoft, "Word Online will preserve a hanging indent already in your document, but it doesn't yet provide a way to add one."
FYI: Google Drive/Docs can do this easily and allows downloading as MS .docx.
- mlitty, I am assuming you are in Google Docs/Google Drive?
No, you cannot create a hanging indent in Google Docs they way you would in Word, but there is a work around solution:
1. After entering you citation, hit enter after the first line.
2. At the beginning of the second line of your citation, us the increase indent option on the Google docs toolbar.
3. Your citation will now be both double spaced and have a hanging indent. If your citation has more than two lines, you'll need to hit enter after the second line as well, but the indent will already be there.
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