How To Indent Second Line In Google Docs

Last Updated on July 20, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to indent the second line of a paragraph in Google Docs.

How To Indent Second Line In Google Docs

In many documents, you may want to indent the second line of a paragraph. This can be helpful for formatting quotes, citations, or references.

This requirement is common for text that requires a hanging indent or a first line that extends to the left of the rest of the text.

Fortunately, Google Docs makes it easy to format your document the way you want. In this guide, we will show you how to indent the second line of a paragraph in Google Docs.

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, open the document you want to apply formatting to. Next, select the text you want to indent.

Step 2

Select Format > Align & indent > Indentation options.

Step 3

Under Special indent, select “Hanging” from the drop-down list.

You also have the option to set the amount of indentation to use in inches. Click on Apply to proceed.

Step 4

Your selected text should now be indented the specified amount starting on the second line of each paragraph.

Step 5

We can also indent the second line onwards by using the Google Docs ruler. First, select the text you want to indent.

Use your cursor to drag the left indent arrow to the right. Release the cursor once it is the desired number of inches away from the original position.

Step 6

Next, drag the first line indent marker (the flat blue bar) to the left until it is back in its original position.

Doing these steps correctly will set your text to have a hanging indent format.

Summary

This guide should be everything you need to learn how to indent the second line in Google Docs.

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