How to Create a Hanging Indent on Google Slides

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One feature that Google Slides borrows from Google Docs is the ability to create a hanging indent. Often used on works cited pages, it’s especially helpful to know how to create a hanging indent in Google Slides when creating a bibliography page for an academic presentation.

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To create a hanging indent on Google Slides, highlight the entire block of text you want to create a hanging indent for. Drag over the blue triangle in the ruler at the top, as far as you want the indent to be. Then drag the blue rectangle on it back to the gray area in the ruler.

How to Create a Hanging Indent on Google Slides

There are two primary ways to create a hanging indent effect on Google Slides. The first way is to indent the desired line individually, while the second way allows you to highlight an entire block of text and indent only the lines below the first. Let’s look at both ways.

Indent lines one by one

Open your Google Slides presentation and navigate to the page with the content you want to indent.

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Click the beginning of the exact line you want to indent. In this case, because we want to create a hanging indent for a quote, we want to click the line below the first line of the quote.

With your cursor at the beginning of that line, press Shift + Enter on your keyboard if you are using a desktop PC. If you are an Apple Mac user, press Shift + Return instead.

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After placing the text on its own line with Shift + Enter, go ahead and press the Tab button on your physical keyboard. This will create the hanging indent effect you desire.

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First line indentation method

Open your Google Slides presentation and navigate to the page with the content you want to indent.

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Highlight the text block for which you want to create a hanging indent.

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Now at the top you will see the “ruler” guidelines on the sides of your slide on the left and top. If you don’t see it, click View → Show Ruler.

In the top ruler you will see a blue arrow and a rectangle over it. Drag that blue arrow to the right to make your indentation for all of the highlighted text.

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The blue rectangle above that blue arrow is for the indent of the first line. Drag that back to the end of the gray area that shows where your text began. This creates a hanging indent effect.

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