How To Do A Hanging Indent On Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to do a hanging indent on google docs.

How To Do A Hanging Indent On Google Docs

A hanging indent is a type of indentation used in many forms of written documents, such as essays, reports, and research papers. It is commonly used for formatting citations, and for creating a bibliography.

Google Docs makes it incredibly easy to add a hanging indent to your documents. In this guide, we will show you how to do a hanging indent on Google Docs, so you can easily format your citations and bibliographies.

We will cover two methods of adding a hanging indent to a paragraph: through the Indentation options, and through adjusting the ruler.

How to Add a Hanging Indent in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to add a hanging indent in google docs.

Step 1

First, select the text you want to format with a hanging indent.

Step 2

Next, select Format > Align & indent > Indentation options.

Step 3

Under the Special indent section of the menu, select “Hanging” from the dropdown menu. Specify the number of inches you want the indentation to be. Click on Apply to proceed.

In the example above, we’ve applied a hanging indentation of 0.5 inches to our text.

Step 4

Your text should now have a hanging indent.

Step 5

You can also add a hanging indent by dragging the first line indent icon you can find in the ruler to the left.

After releasing the flat blue bar, the selected text will be formatted with a hanging indent.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to do a hanging indent on google docs.

You may make a copy of this example document to test it out on your own.