How to Set Indents in Adobe Indesign [Solved]

How to Set Indents in Adobe Indesign

Adobe Indesign LogoIndents are helpful for aligning columnar text and will move text in from the left or right margins. Use first-line indents, not tabs or spaces, to indent the first line of a paragraph.

First-line indent

  • Paragraph panel first line indentIndent the first line of each paragraph using the Paragraph palette, Control palette or Tabs palette.
  • Highlight the text with the Type tool.
  • Paragraph palette:
    • Type the amount of the indent in the First Line Indent InDesign-First line indent field.
    • Press Enter/Return.
    • For example, to indent 1 pica, type 1p
  • Control palette:
    • Click on the Paragraph icon InDesign-Paragraph symbol(left side)
    • Type the amount of the indent in the First Line Indent InDesign-First line indent field.
    • Press Enter/Return.
    • For example, to indent 1 pica, type 1p.

Control palette first line indent

  • Tabs palette:
    • Select Tabs from the Type menu (Windows: Ctrl + Shift + T, Mac: Command + Shift + T).
    • Drag the top marker Tabs palette symbol (left side) to the right the amount needed, or
    • Select the top marker and type a number in the X field.

InDesign-Indent first line tabs palette

Indent entire paragraph

  • Indent a paragraph using the Paragraph palette, Control palette or Tabs palette.
  • Highlight the text with the Type tool.
  • Paragraph palette:
    • To indent to the left, type the amount of the indent in the Left Indent InDesign-Indent left field.
    • To indent to the right, type the amount of the indent in the Right Indent InDesign-Indent right field.
    • Press Enter/Return.
  • Control palette:
    • To indent to the left, type the amount of the indent in the Left Indent InDesign-Indent left field.
    • To indent to the right, type the amount of the indent in the Right Indent InDesign-Right indent field.
    • Press Enter/Return.
  • Tabs palette:
    • Select Tabs from the Type menu (Windows: Ctrl + Shift + T, Mac: Command + Shift + T).
    • Drag the bottom marker (left side) to the right the amount needed, or
    • Select the bottom marker and type a number in the X field.

Hanging indent

  • Create a hanging indent using the Paragraph palette, Control palette or Tabs palette.
  • Highlight the text with the Type tool.
  • Paragraph Palette:
    • Type a positive amount in the Left Indent field and a negative amount in the First Line Indent field.
    • Press Enter/Return.
    • For example, use 1p for the Left Indent amount and -1 for the First Line Indent amount.
  • InDesign-Hanging indent - control paletteControl palette:
    • Type a positive amount in the Left Indent field and a negative amount in the First Line Indent field.
    • Press Enter/Return.
    • For example, use 1p for the Left Indent amount and -1 for the First Line Indent amount.
  • Tabs palette:
    • Select Tabs from the Type menu (Windows: Ctrl + Shift + T, Mac: Command + Shift + T).
    • Hold down the Shift key and drag the bottom marker to the right.

InDesign-Tabs palette hanging indent

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