How to Indent Half an Inch on Word

Microsoft Word has a handful of different ways to adjust margins, formatting and spacing. Use these steps to indent half an inch in Word.

  1. Open your document.
  2. Click inside the paragraph that you want to indent.
  3. Select the Layout tab at the top of the window.
  4. Click inside the Left field under Indent and enter .5″.
  5. Press Enter on your keyboard to perform the indent.

This article continues below with more information and pictures for each of the steps.

Often the requirements for a document that you create are going to be very specific. There may be certain margin settings, spacing, and formatting options that you need to consider.

While you may have figured out how to make those settings correctly, you may be struggling to performed an indent that is a specific size.

Our guide below will show you how to indent half an inch in Microsoft Word.

How to Indent a Half Inch on Microsoft Word

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Microsoft Word for Office 365 version of the application.

Step 1: Open your document in Microsoft Word.

Step 2: Place your cursor inside the paragraph to indent.

click inside the paragraph to indent

Step 3: Choose the Layout tab at the top of the window. In some earlier versions of Word this might be “Page Layout” instead.

select the Layout tab

Step 4: Click inside the Left field under Indent in the Paragraph section of the ribbon and change the value to 0.5″.

enter a half inch in the indent field

Step 5: Press Enter on your keyboard to perform the indent.

how to indent a half inch on Word

Note that you can also set the right indent if you would like.

Additionally, if you click the small Paragraph Settings button at the bottom-right of the Paragraph section in the ribbon it will open the menu below, where you have some more indentation option.

Word Paragraph Settings menu

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