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Bibliography Hanging In Dent Word Google Docs

I am assuming you are in Google Docs/Google Drive? No, you cannot create a hanging indent in Google Docs the way you would in Word, but there is a work around solution for PC or in the Google App on Mobile device. The steps are different for each, so make sure you look at the right set.

PC

  1. After entering your citation, hit enter after the end of each line to make it double spaced.
  2. Highlight all but the first line in your citation and use the increase indent option on the Google docs toolbar. 
  3. Your citation will now be both double spaced and have a hanging indent.

Google App on Mobile Device*

This was tested on an iPhone. If we find that steps are different on on Android devices we will update.

  1. After entering your citation, hit return at the beginning of each line to make it double spaced.
  2. Highlight all but the first line in your citation and use the increase indent option on the Google docs toolbar. Depending on the size of your device, you may need to hold it in landscape mode to see the indent option.
  3. Your citation will now be both double spaced and have a hanging indent.

 

 

 

Visible Ruler

Make sure the Google Docs ruler is visible.

  • Click “View” and make sure “Show Ruler” is checked. If it isn’t, click on it, and the ruler will appear beneath the menu bar.

First Line Indent and Left Indent

On the ruler, there is a light blue rectangle at the left margin, which represents the location of the First Line Indent. Beneath the light blue rectangle is a light blue inverted triangle, which represents the location of the Left Indent.

  • On the ruler, hover the cursor over each shape, and its function will be displayed.

Create the Hanging Indent

  • First: Select the text you want indented. You can select a single paragraph or multiple paragraphs at a time.
  • Next: On the ruler, drag the Left Indent (light blue inverted triangle) to the right as far as you want the text to be indented. As you will notice, the First Line Indent marker (light blue rectangle) will come along for the ride, and all your selected text will move to the right.

Finally: Drag the First Line Indent marker (light blue rectangle) back to the left margin. It will move independently, and your hanging indent will be created.

 

 

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