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MLA 8th Edition Style Guide - Hanging Indent

Hanging Indent in Microsoft Word

Highlight the text you want indented. You can select a single citation or multiple citations at a time.

  1. Click the arrow in the bottom right corner of the “Paragraph” from the menu at top
  2. In the middle “Indentation” panel under “Special:” select “hanging” from the drop-down menu
  3. Click OK

Screen shot of word showing step one above.


Screen shot of Word showing steps 2-3 above.

Hanging Indent in Google Document

Highlight the text you want indented. You can select a single citation or multiple citations at a time.

  1. On the ruler at the top of the page, drag the Left Indent (light blue inverted triangle) to the right five spaces. You will notice, the First Line Indent marker (light blue rectangle above the triangle) will come along for the ride and the entire citation will move to the right.
  2. Drag that First Line Indent marker (light blue rectangle above the triangle) back to the left margin. It should move independently of the triangle and will create your hanging indent.

Screen shot of Google Doc showing steps 1-2 described above.

Hanging Indent in Apple Pages

Highlight the text you want indented. You can select a single citation or multiple citations at a time.

  1. Click "View" in the top menu - then "Show Ruler"
  2. On the ruler at the top of the page, drag the Left Indent (light blue inverted triangle) to the right five spaces. You will notice, the First Line Indent marker (light blue rectangle above the triangle) will come along for the ride and the entire citation will move to the right.
  3. Drag that First Line Indent marker (light blue rectangle above the triangle) back to the left margin. It should move independently of the triangle and will create your hanging indent.
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