Answered By: Kathryn Park
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2019     Views: 29746

Try this to apply a hanging indent to your list: 

  1. Place your cursor at the beginning of your citation, and highlight it.
  2. Right click your mouse
  3. Select Paragraph from the resulting pop up menu
  4. Under Indentation, use the Special pull-down menu to select hanging
  5. Use the By menu to select a number larger than the bullet default .25, such as .7, depending on how much your instructor wants the second line to be indented.  

For multiple Citations in a References, Works Cited or Bibliography Page

  1. Once you've applied the hanging indent using the technique above, hit enter after your citation.
  2. If you are typing your citation it should keep the same formatting. If you are pasting in your citation, right click when you paste and select the paste as text option (looks like a A on clipboard) and Word will automatically apply all the formatting you've already done, including hanging indent, spacing, font, etc. Alternatively you could wait until all your citations are on your bib, highlight them all at once, then use the 5 steps as listed above.

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Comments (8)

  1. OMG! I Love you! I have trying to line up my two lined bullets all morning. I have read help tabs, blogs, ate a pack of M&M's, paced back and forth from the back door to the kitchen and back about twenty times, ate two cans of tuna a hand full of lettuce, and was stressing because my wife will be home from work and I am, stuffed from stress eating and am still working on the same damn application form.............. OMG "CTRL-TAB"
    by Kevin on Sep 02, 2016.
  2. This doesn't work with hyperlinked or underlined items.
    by Jeremy on Nov 07, 2016.
  3. I tested this method with text including a hyperlink, and it worked. Remember that a hyperlink or URL is considered "one word", so it may end up on the next line. In that case, simply put your cursor in front of that line again and hit Ctrl + Tab one more time. I am using Word 2013.
    by Erin McDaniel on Nov 08, 2016.
  4. If you're on a Mac, I found Function-Tab did the trick. Thanks to OP.
    by Michael Q on Mar 18, 2017.
  5. I don't know why there are thumbs down for this, you've answered the question properly. I too was fiddling round with margins and all sorts knowing there was a much easier way but found it hard to find the right answer. And voila! You've given it to me! Thank you!
    by Sezzles on May 16, 2017.
  6. Thank you so much. Worked beautifully. Been wasting time messing with this and searching for a solution. You are wonderful.
    by R Owens on Sep 28, 2017.
  7. This is very awesome! and so simple. Like a previous reader I was stressing and eating sugar. Now at least part of my problems are handled. Thank you! I'm thinking that this post provides no new information to help anyone. My apologies to those who are not interested :-)
    by Steve in San Diego on Oct 03, 2018.
  8. Very helpful answer, thank you!

    However, I am frustrated that Word does not provide a way to format the list to do this automatically. This is a very common format for bulleted lists.
    by Darryl Howard on Nov 30, 2018.

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