How To Set Left, First-Line Indents With Tabs In Word

One way to quickly set your left or first-line indent is to simply use your Tab key. One of the AutoCorrect features in Word is to automatically set a left or first-line indent for you when you press your Tab key at the start of your paragraph or first line.

Follow the steps below to learn how:

  1. Make certain your Ruler is on, which will assist you in determining whether the method worked.
  2. Move your insertion point to the start of a new line in your document.
  3. Press the Tab key on your keyboard.
  4. Refer to the top ruler to be certain a left indent has been inserted.

If it worked, on your Ruler, you should see the first-line indent mark set to its default position or the position you have it set to in your document.

You may see an AutoFormat flag appear underneath your insertion point. If you click on the flag, you will see a menu of options  (i.e., change indent back to a tab or turn off the AutoFormat setting).

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