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How to Do Hanging Indents on Google Slides in 60 Seconds

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Do you need to add a hanging indent to your Google Slides presentation? Google Slides makes it easy to apply a hanging indent to any text, in just a few clicks.

In case you're wondering what a hanging indent is: hanging indents in Google Slides are a special kind of paragraph formatting where every line except the first is indented. 

Read on for detailed information (video & written tutorial) on how to do hanging indents in Google Slides.

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When Are Hanging Indents Used?

You commonly find hanging indents on reference pages, bibliographies, and works cited pages. They’re used in lists to clearly offset line breaks. Although commonly associated with academic papers, hanging indents are very useful for Google Slides presentations as well. 

Many presentations include specific data and other details that need to be cited and credited appropriately. Now, let's move to our main topic on handing indents in Google Slides.

How to Do a Hanging Indent on Google Slides

NoteWatch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps below, that complement this video.

1. Display the Ruler

Before you can add hanging indents to Google Slides, you’ll need to make sure the Ruler tool is showing in Google Slides. To toggle the Ruler on and off, come up to the View tab and click Show ruler.

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Browse to View > Show Ruler to show the necessary guiding lines for this technique.

2. Indent the Paragraph

Creating a hanging indent in Google Slides is really a two-step project. First you indent all of your text, and then pull the first line back to its original position. With your text box selected, come up to the Ruler. Now, click and drag the blue arrow over to the position where you want your hanging indent to be. Typically, hanging indents are 0.5 inches over, but you can make them as wide as you want.

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Drag the blue line on the ruler setting to draw the indent distance in.

3. Left-Align the First Line

Notice that all of your text shifted over to your desired setting, in our case, 0.5 inches. Of course, a true hanging indent doesn’t include the first line. You’ll have to manually return it to its original position left-aligned in the paragraph. On the ruler, click on the horizontal blue bar immediately above the arrow we just used. Drag it back to the left—the setting will read 0.0 inches. Release, and your first line will return to its original place.

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Use the horizontal ruler line as shown in this screenshot to create the hanging indent.

4. Add More References

It’s worth noting that a hanging indent effect applies to an entire paragraph. Thus, if you apply the effect to one reference and then type another one below, it'll automatically take on the same effect. This is great if you’re making a list of multiple items. Of course, you can reverse the effect by just using the blue sliders on the Ruler again.

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Repeat the hanging indent for each of the first lines in the paragraph. 

Finishing Up

That’s it! As you can see, it’s very easy to add hanging indents to your Google Slides presentation. Use this technique next time you’re adding a reference page to your slides for a professional look.

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