Frequently asked questions - Writer
How do I create a hanging indent in my document?
Modifying the indent of the paragraphs.
Two different options are available, independently of the way you want the indents to be displayed.
Using a predefined style
- open the Style and Formatting window (select: ▸ from the menus bar) (or F11);
- put the cursor in the text to which you want to apply an indent (or in an empty area that you will fill with text later on); and
- double-click the Hanging indent paragraph style in the Styles and Formatting window. This style has, by default, a left indent of 1cm and a first line indent of -0.50cm
Creating your own style
- open the Styles and Formatting window (as described above);
- select a common paragraph style like Default Style;
- right-click on the name to open the contextual menu and select New;
- in the dialog box that opens, enter a name for your style;
- click on the Indents & Spacing tab. Choose the setting under the Indent section. To get an indent of 1 cm, you need to enter 1cm in the field Before Text. Then click the First line field and enter the value -0.5cm; and
- click OK. The new style appears now among the list of styles. You can use it now as a predefined style (see above).
Doing a punctual change
There exists another solution, less common because not based on styles.
- select the ▸ ▸ and ▸ ▸ menu to display (and hide) the rulers (the two graduated areas at the top and on the left);
- slide the cursor at the bottom left of the horizontal ruler until the desired position of the indent (1cm for example);
- slide the cursor at the top-left of the horizontal ruler to set the first line indent; and
You can adjust these values by selecting the▸ ▸ .
- If the measurement unit is set to Inch ( ▸ ▸ ▸ ▸ ▸ ), then the centimiter value you just entered will automatically be converted to inch.