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Indent or add margins to text

You can quickly add margins and padding to any side of a paragraph by dragging on the handles or edges of the paragraph in Design view. When you only want to set the left margin (indent) of paragraphs, you can also use either a keyboard shortcut in Design view or buttons on the Common or Formatting toolbars. The Paragraph dialog box enables you to add margins of space to the left or right side of a paragraph or both, and indent the first line in a paragraph, while also providing you with many other common paragraph properties.

  1. On the View menu, point to Visual Aids, and select Show.

  2. On the View menu, point to Visual Aids again, and select Block Selection.

  3. In Design view, in your web page, put your cursor in the item and then do one of the following:

    • Click the "p" visual aids tab that appears on top of the paragraph.

    • Click the dotted line that surrounds the item's block.

    • Click the paragraph's <p> tag in the quick tag selector bar at the top of the document window.

  4. Do one or more of the following:

    • To set a margin, drag the margin line handle or edge on the side you want.

    • To set padding, press and hold SHIFT, and then drag the padding line handle or edge on the side you want.

For more information, see Set margins, padding, and dimensions in Design view.

Do one of the following:

  • In Design view, in your web page, select one or more paragraphs, and then press TAB to increase the indent or press SHIFT+TAB to decrease the indent.

  • In Design view or Code view, in your web page, put your cursor in a paragraph or select one or more paragraphs, and then on the Common or Formatting toolbar, click either Increase Indent Position Cc295421.fdfcb740-0fa5-402d-8581-5ce6e11119ee(en-us,Expression.30).png or Decrease Indent Position Cc295421.a897951e-1c72-4b03-9e82-c8fc6ce347fe(en-us,Expression.30).png.

  1. In Design view or Code view, in your web page, put your cursor in a paragraph or select one or more paragraphs.

  2. On the Format menu, click Paragraph.

  3. In the Paragraph dialog box, do the following:

    Use this

    To do this

    Alignment

    Select an option to align the paragraph.

    Left side

    Enter the number of pixels to indent the left side of the paragraph.

    Right side

    Enter the number of pixels to indent the right side of the paragraph.

    Indent first line

    Enter the number of pixels to indent the first line of text in the paragraph.

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