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Create first paragraph indents in Word 2016

Daniel Walter Scott || VIDEO: 34 of 52

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Hello wonderful Word people, in this tutorial we're going to look at doing our first line indent for our paragraph, we're even going to make it fancier, and look italics, fancier still, we're going to turn it into a style so we can reuse it through a really long document, over and over again. Let's go and do it.

It's pretty easy. If you wanted to do the whole paragraph you can click anywhere in your first paragraph, and you can use these options here, 'increase', 'decrease'. We want to increase it, pushes it over to the right, not quite what we want. What we want to do is just do the first line, so cursor anywhere in your first paragraph, what we're going to do is, under that tab is-- no, actually we're looking for this one here, 'Line and Paragraph Spacing', drop this down, go to one that says 'Line Spacing', and along here it says 'Indentation', we're going to use this one that says 'Special', 'First line', and we're going to push-- can you see it, it's kind of given us a little preview of where it's going to push this in. Half an inch works for me, I'm going to click 'OK', and that is how you indent a first line. This technique is used quite a bit when you're dealing with long documents, just that it's easy and visually easy to see where the first paragraph is. The title's there but this gives us an extra cue to know that this is our first paragraph.

The other thing we're going to do, and quite common, is we're going to set this one to italics, so I'm going to use 'Italics'. We're going to set a paragraph style as well. So what we need to do is-- I'm going to pop this out, I'm going to say 'New Style' down the bottom here, I'm going to get this one called 'First Para', and I'm going to click 'OK', and then I'm going to use it throughout my document. I'm going to go there, and then click 'First Para', or use the option up here, and just go through and connect all of this up, throughout the whole thing. 

That's it, I'm going to carry on doing this, but that's how to do your first indent. You can see here, it's pushed on the wrong page. We did this, we did column breaks, which is not working enough right now, so I'm going to have to lift that up. I’m enjoying column break now. That’s what I did in this tutorial, push him down, but anyway-- You, you, you, first paragraph. Exciting stuff. And you can carry on to the next video now while I finish this up.

All right, on to the next video.