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How to Make or Remove Hanging Indents in Microsoft PowerPoint

How to Make or Remove Hanging Indents in Microsoft PowerPoint

A hanging indent (often called a negative indent) places the first line of a paragraph a predetermined amount of space behind the following sentence. Here’s how to create or remove a hanging indent in Microsoft PowerPoint.

Create a Hanging Indent

To create a hanging indent, first, open your PowerPoint presentation and then select the text box that contains the paragraph you want to indent.


Note that if there are multiple paragraphs in one text box, all paragraphs in that text box will be indented. If you want to indent only one specific paragraph, highlight that paragraph instead of selecting the text box.

Once selected, navigate to the “Paragraphs” group on the “Home” tab. Here, select the “Dialog Box Launcher” icon at the bottom corner of the group.


The “Paragraph” window will appear. In the “Indenting” group, set the “Before Text” space to the desired indentation space. In general, the hanging indent is set to 0.5 inches. Next, select the arrow next to display the drop-down menu next to “Custom” and select “Hang.” Finally, select the “OK” button.


The hanging indent is now applied to the paragraph in the selected text box.


Remove Hanging Indents

To remove a hanging indent, select the indented paragraph (or highlight paragraph) text box.

Once selected, click on “Dialog Box Launcher,” which is in the lower right corner of the “Paragraph” group on the “Home” tab.


The “Paragraph” window will appear. Here, reduce the “Before Text” indentation distance to 0 and then select “None” from the “Custom” options. Choose “OK.”


The hanging indent will now be removed from the highlighted paragraph or all content in the selected text box.

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