5 Hanging Indents

This Is How a Hanging Indent Should Look

Tottori, N., Morita, N., Ueta, K., & Fujita, S. (2019). Effects of high intensity interval training on executive function in children aged 8-12 years. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(21). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16214127

The first line is not indented but all lines after the first are. Whatever you do, please do not use tabs, or the space bar to achieve a hanging indent “look.” Instead, use Crtl + T on a PC or Command + T on a MAC.

MS Word

Hanging indents give reference lists that professional touch. Click the image for a closer look at the settings.


Home > Paragraph > Click Small Square > Indentation > Special > Hanging

MS Word keystroke: Ctrl + T



Format > Paragraph > Indentation > Special > Hanging

MS keystroke: Command + T

(American Psychological Association, 2020, pp. 40, 46)

Google Docs

How to Create a Hanging Indent in Google Docs.


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