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How do I indent my references in Microsoft Word?

Last Updated: Feb 03, 2016  |  78328 Views
Topics: APA, Software

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To create a hanging indent on your References page to comply with APA,

  • Highlight with your cursor your Reference list.
  • Then, on the Home tab, click on the arrow in the lower right hand corner of the Paragraph section of the Ribbon.
  • In the Indentation section of the box, use the drop down menu under Special to choose Hanging.  
  • Click OK. (See image below).

You can also create a hanging indent manually:

  • Clicking on the View tab and checking the Ruler box on the Show section of the Ribbon.
  • Highlight your References with your cursor.
  • Once the ruler is displayed, click and drag the bottom of the indent slider over to .5"
  • and if it's not already there, click and drag the top portion of the indent slider back to the left margin marker.

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Other Answers / Comments (13)

  1. Thanks guys, that was really helpful.
    by henry on Feb 27, 2014.
  2. I found this very helpful for my post graduate project writing. Thanks a lot!!!
    by Tosin on Aug 04, 2014.
  3. Thank-you! This was exactly what I was looking for and helped immensely :)
    by Lynn on Sep 17, 2014.
    by Paris on Dec 17, 2014.
  5. Was very helpful. Thank you.
    by trix on Jan 15, 2016.
  6. Another way to create a hanging indent is, after highlighting the area you want indented, right click on the highlighted area and from the list select Paragraph. This will give you the option to change the drop-down menu under Special: to Hanging.
    by Patrick Mullane on Feb 03, 2016.
  7. Thank you. I have learned a very important aspect. Continue teaching us.
    by Edna on Sep 21, 2016.
  8. Haha! Exactly what I've been looking for! Just three four clicks and it's done... just the way I wanted. God bless you! I mean it!!
    by Nelson on Oct 11, 2016.
  9. Thank you very is very useful for APA reference...
    by syed on Oct 22, 2016.
  10. Thanks so much. I was out of ideas and this information was easy to follow. Perfect!
    by Chris on Nov 16, 2016.
  11. Really helpful. I was so worried about doing it. I did it after reading this
    by Hakim Afridi on Feb 26, 2017.
  12. Bless you!
    by Glenn Shean on Feb 27, 2017.
  13. for mac, highlight what you want, then go to format --> paragraph --> under indentation its the drop down that says special --> hanging
    by paige on Mar 06, 2017.

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