Hanging Indents (ugh!)

In response to a question on hanging indents  in a recent APA Workshop, this is  how to insert them into a MS Office Word document. Hanging indents are particularly useful for formatting a reference list.

If you are working on a PC using MS Office Word it’s relatively easy:

  1. Select the text you want to apply a hanging indent to.
  2. Then, under the home tab move right to the paragraph section
  3. Click the small square on the bottom right corner. This will activate the paragraph window
  4. Now go to “special” and from the pull-down menu select “hanging.”

It’s really important not to use hard returns at the end of each line in your reference list, this tends to trick Word into thinking each line is a paragraph, and the result is that the hanging indent feature doesn’t seem to work. If this is the case use the show/hide paragraph feature (Ctrl+*) to identify offending hard returns and delete them.

hanging indents MS Word 2007

Mac users can activate the paragraph pop-up window by going to format > paragraph > or use these keystrokes “option+apple key+m” next go to “special” and select “hanging.” This works for MS Office Word for Mac 2004, 2008, and 2011. Look in the Preview pane at the bottom of the pop-up window to see what you are getting.

Hanging indents Mac

For those of you who were unable to attend APA workshops this semester here are some useful delicious citation links. Remember you are expected to use APA at Bank Street for all assignments and independent masters projects.

Reference librarian at Bank Street College Library.

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2 comments on “Hanging Indents (ugh!)
  1. […] forget hanging indents and there’s no need to place a period at the end of the hyperlink. […]

  2. […] Now all you need to do format it with a hanging indent, and double space […]

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