MLA Style – Indenting a paragraph in Word

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indenting in wordMLA Formatting requires indenting the first line of a paragraph one half-inch. The Microsoft Word First Line Indent feature will apply this MLA formatting automatically throughout your document.
To set First Line Indent to MLA standards:

    • Select all your text by pressing Ctrl + a.
    • From the Home Tab in the Paragraph section, Click the Paragraph Dialog box launcher. This will open the Paragraph dialog box.
    • In the Special: section click the drop down arrow next to (none) and select First line.
    • In the By: section change the number to 5″.

This will automatically indent the first line of every paragraph one half-inch for the entire document.

      1. Click OK.


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