A hanging indent is required for your works cited, reference page, or bibliography when writing in MLA or APA format. You can create a hanging indent in Google Docs in just a few simple steps.
Create a hanging indent with the Formatting option
One way to create a hanging indent in Google Docs is to use the formatting option in the header menu. To get started, highlight the text you want to create a hanging indent on by clicking and dragging your cursor over the text.
Then click on “Format” in the header menu. In the drop-down menu that appears, hover over “Align and Indent” and select “Indent Options”.
The Indentation Options window will appear. In the Special Indent group, change the indent type to “Suspended”. You can then set the indentation length, which is 0.5 by default. When ready, click “Apply”.
Hanging indent is now applied to highlighted text.
Related: How to Use Voice Dictation in Google Docs
Create a hanging indent with the Ruler
You can also create a hanging indent using the ruler in Google Docs. If the ruler is not already displayed in the header menu, select “View” from the header menu and select “Show Ruler”.
When the ruler appears below the header menu, highlight the text in which you want to create a hanging indent by clicking and dragging the cursor over the text.
Now it’s time to adjust the indentation, but there are a few things you need to know about using the ruler first. The slider on the ruler has two elements: the first line indent, which is the solid blue line, and the left indent, which is the bottom arrow. You can click and drag these elements to change the indentation. However, although the solid blue line can be moved independently, if you try to move the arrow, the blue line will move with it.
That said, you’ll first need to drag the blue arrow to the right and then drag the blue line back to the left.
The selected text will move to the position of the slider. Then click and drag the blue line back to the starting position.