Q. How do I indent my references in Microsoft Word?


To create a hanging indent on the References page for APA:

  • Highlight the References list.
  • Under Home tab, click on the arrow by Paragraph.
  • In the Indentation section, use the drop down under Special to choose Hanging.  
  • Click OK.

Using keyboard shortcuts, highlight the text then press CTRL + T for a hanging indent

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  • Last Updated Jan 21, 2020
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  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 much...it 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 on Feb 26, 2017.
  12. Bless you!
    by Glenn 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.
  14. I learned something! This is so important to know for my research papers. Thank you, really. Really, thank you!
    by ninette on Apr 05, 2017.
  15. This was so helpful. Thank you so much.
    by Alden on Apr 23, 2017.
  16. So helpful. Thank you!
    by Fat on Apr 29, 2017.
    by Jarisbeth on Apr 29, 2017.
  18. Thank you so much this really helped me when i was in great need.
    by Queen Frimpong on May 05, 2017.
    by Matt on May 16, 2017.
  20. its really very help full..thankyou thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou so much....most of time my supervisor use to insult me because of referencing..she is also unaware about it....its miracle
    by Aati on May 20, 2017.
  21. Thank you Paige for the note for MAC users!!!!!!
    by Sonya on Jul 01, 2017.
    by qwert on Jul 04, 2017.
  23. Easy Peasy. So many other sites make it so complicated. Thank you so much!
    by Barbara on Jul 06, 2017.
  24. Same can be done with a shortcuts. Press CTRL T while the text is highlighted. This will create hanging indent.
    by Bob on Aug 09, 2017.
  25. Thankx a lot
    by nil on Sep 08, 2017.
  26. Thanks a lot ,it really helped me
    by alice on Sep 18, 2017.
  27. I've been stressing about this and you made it easy. Thank you so much!!! :)
    by Dee on Oct 18, 2017.
  28. WOW thank you!! Ive been using "tricks" for years and always been frustrated my last few years in college. So easy but I never knew. Thank you :)))
    by hollz on Oct 21, 2017.
  29. Fast and easy!
    by JURATE on Dec 13, 2017.
  30. Thank u so much..;)
    by Maricel on Dec 15, 2017.
  31. Thank you very much.
    by Eboh on Jan 07, 2019.
  32. Thank you so much I spent hours trying to indent my citations properly
    by mecca on Feb 26, 2019.
  33. Thank you so much for this!
    by Kaiting on Apr 10, 2019.
  34. Praise the lord!!!! How simple! Asking the help section in word is like asking a loaf of bread the meaning of life! but this is great.... Thank you!
    by Ben on Jul 24, 2019.
  35. Thank You. A very short and helpful solution.
    by Javeed Farooqi on Oct 29, 2019.
  36. Thank you very much. It was very helpful. It saved a lot of time.
    by Dhanaji Chavan on Nov 06, 2019.
  37. Thank you!!!!
    by Ndiana on Nov 15, 2019.
  38. Just in a second I got a solution to a struggle. Thanks a lot
    by Cloneria N Jatileni on Dec 26, 2019.
  39. wow...you really helped me.
    by Henry on Mar 18, 2020.
  40. This is the fastest I've had a question answered regarding my laptop in a while and was clear and simple. Thank you very much!
    by Kenley on Apr 06, 2020.
  41. Thanks for taking the time so that it was easy for me to do.
    by J on May 19, 2020.
  42. Thanks, you helped with my paper!!
    by s on Nov 18, 2020.
  43. Fast and Easy. liked it.
    by Harry on Nov 19, 2020.
  44. This has really been very helpful, thanks very much.
    by Ivan Kituno Waninga on Nov 28, 2020.

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