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Word 2010 How to ident the next line with out indenting the whole paragraph

Allen Pitts
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Hello Expert,

Have typed a paragraph. Want to indent the next line.
But when I hit Tab or the indent icon in the Paragrpah section
of the ribbon it moves the whole paragraph.
Contact the Project Manager for clarification on impacted application.
How to ident the next line with out indenting the whole paragraph?

Thanks.

Allen in Dallas
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Brian MatisProduct Manager

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The indent icon in the paragraph section is supposed to work they way you've described (where it indents the entire paragraph), but hitting tab for the first line of a paragraph should work in a default situation.

It sounds to me like you may have a hanging indent set on it. Does the ruler section of your document looks something like the image below?

Hanging Indent
Allen PittsBusiness analyst

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Hello Brian,

All three elements, the pointing down element, the pointing up element and the rectangle below,  are aligned on the ruler.

Also the intent is NOT to indent the entire paragraph just the next line like this.

The way it looks:
Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content
Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content
Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content  
The next line The next line The next line The next line The next line The next line The next line

The way it needs to look
Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content
Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content
Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content  
       The next line The next line The next line The next line The next line The next line The next line  

I did this example by putting the cursor in front of the 'T' in 'The' and hitting the space bar five times.

Would like to put the cursor in in front of the 'T' in 'The' and hit the Tab key or the indent icon.

Thanks.

Allen in Dallas
Brian MatisProduct Manager

Commented:
Try this: click within the paragraph you want indented in that way, and then adjust the top arrow in the ruler (the first line indent arrow) and bring it in to where you want it. Usually, hitting tab does this by default, but it's possible that the styles or some other settings in your document are causing a problem.

Take a look at the below image to see what I've done with the indent settings in the ruler.

First Line Indent
Allen PittsBusiness analyst

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Hello Brian,

Looks like you are indenting the first line of the paragraph.
The intent is to indent the next line of the paragraph.

The first line of the paragraph can be indented on the
Indents and Spacing tab of the Paragraph dialogue box
in the Special drop down box.

What is required is that when one is typing, for instance

Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content
Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content
Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content  

and one wants the next line of the content to be indented like

Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content
Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content
Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content Paragraph content  
       The next line The next line The next line The next line The next line The next line The next line  

How does one do that?

Thanks.

Allen in Dallas
Product Manager
Commented:
Ooohhh... I think I'm starting to understand now... Is it only the second line that you want indented? Or is it all lines after the first?
Commented:
Seems to me that you want to finish typing a paragraph and when you press enter have the 1st line of the next paragraph automatically indented. You need to set up some styles to achieve this type of automation.

Simple case is that you want this for all styles so you go to the style manager  (Google will show you) and set up a new style.

There is a setting for the "style for following paragraph" i.e. what happens when you press enter.

 The trick is to ensure that the style for the following paragraph is your indented style.

HTH
Allen PittsBusiness analyst

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Thanks