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Hanging Indents

Creating hanging indents is one of the most common ways of formatting text: It’s used whenever you want to create a numbered or bulleted list, for example. InDesign and QuarkXPress both let you create hanging indents in the same two ways: by using left and first-line indents, or by using a special Indent Here character.

Hanging in the Paragraph Palette

The first way to create a hanging indent effect is by typing a negative number in the First Line Indent field of the Paragraph palette. For example, if you want to create a hanging indent where a bulleted list hangs in .25 inch, set the Left Indent value to “.25 in” and the First Line Indent to “–.25 in” (see Figure 47-1). You can only use a negative first-line indent when there is an equal or greater left indent.


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