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Learn How to Do a Hanging Indent on Google Slides: A Step-By-Step Guide

Feb 03, 2023

If you're putting hanging indents in your Google Slides presentation for specific citations and to make your text visually appealing. Let me walk you through the different methods for hanging indent on Google Slides.

What is a hanging indent?

hanging indent is an indentation (text formatting style) of a paragraph in which all lines except the first line are indented. However, subsequent lines leave a short space on the left and drop to the right of the previous line. It is also used in APA, Chicago style, and MLA reference lists to separate reference entries and let the reader easily distinguish between sources.

Compared to presentations prepared in Google Slides, documents generated by Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or other comparable programs tend to have hanging indents more frequently. However, you can occasionally use the feature in presentations to reference sources or for aesthetic purposes.

This article will teach everything you need about hanging indent on Google Slides.

Hanging Indent in Google Slides Using the Ruler/ First Line Indent method.

To create a hanging indent in your Google Slides presentations, you need to;

  1. Open your Google Slides through your Google Drive.

    Open your Google slides through your Google Drive
  2. Ensure that your "Ruler" is visually visible in your Google slides, click the "View" tab, and check the "show ruler" option.

    Go to the "View" tab and put check beside the "Show ruler" option, to make sure that your ruler is visible
  3. Highlight the text you want to indent.

    Highlight the text or paragraph you want to put a hanging indent.
  4. Select and drag the " Left Indent icon" in the ruler. It is a down-facing triangle (blue arrow).

    Click and drag the "Left indent icon" to a specific place where you want to have a hanging indent.
  5. Release the "left indent control" to where you want to put the indention.

    Release the "Left indent control" once you set a place where to put a hanging indent
  6. Just above the "left indent icon," click and drag the "first line indent icon" (line indent icon) to a specific place before the "down-facing triangle" where you want your first line text to start.

    Move your "First line indent icon" to a specidic area where you want first line to indent before the "Left indent"

How to Do a Hanging Indent in Google Slides With the Keyboard shortcut.

Suppose you indent a single line in your Google Slides. Try this other way to create hanging indents to your texts quickly;

  1. Place your cursor at the beginning of the text you want to indent.

    Put your cursor ar the beginning of the paragraph where you want to set a hanging indents
  2. Press "Shift keys" + "Enter"

  3. Then press the "Tab" key.

    After you press Shift+ Ctrl + tab key , you will immediately see your hanging indent.

You can also repeat the process if you want every paragraph line to create a hanging indent in your Google slides.

How To do Hanging Indent on Google Slides by Format Options

You can add a hanging indent to your Google Slides using the "Format" tab. The following are the steps for adding a hanging indent in your presentation;

  1. Open your Google Slides presentation and select the slide where you want to set a hanging indent.

    Open your Google Slides and select the slide where you want to set-up a hanging indent
  2. Select the layout you want to add a hanging indent, then go to the "Format" tab and select "Format Options" in the drop-down menu.

    Select the layout of that slide then go to "Format" tab and select "Format options"
  3. A "Format Options" dialog box will appear; click "Text Fitting."

    In the dialog box of "Format options", select the "Text Fitting"
  4. Navigate the "special indent" section. Then a drop-down menu will open, and click "Hanging."

    Look for "Special indent" on the section below and select "Hanging"
  5. Modify the box with an up and down arrow button to a specific distance for your indention.

    Modify your hanging indent in google slide by clicking the up&down arrow button.

Frequently Asked Questions Abou How to Do a Handing Indent on Google Slides:

When are the hanging indents applicable?

Whenever you want to provide certain information and statistics for references in your Google Slides, the source of this material should be appropriately acknowledged and cited in the slide.

How to set up a hanging indent using a Smartphone?

Sadly, the smartphone app Slides does not allow you to insert hanging indentations into your presentations. On the other hand, you can use hanging indentations however you see fit when making your presentation on a computer.

How can you properly format a citation on Google Slides?

You can quickly put a hanging indent citation in Google Slides by; clicking the title of your slides in the left-hand menu, then looking for Citation and finding them.

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