How To Indent In InDesign

Is your text looking like it has no breaks, even though it is divided into paragraphs? Your text lacks indentation, and we are here to save your document. 

To indent text in InDesign, select the text, go to the Type menu, and select Paragraph. Then choose the Indents and Spacing tab and set the left indent to the amount you wish. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Command+Option+I (Mac) or Control+Option+I (Windows). 

Please continue reading to learn more about the different types of indentations and their need. 

Why Is Indentation Needed In InDesign?

Indentation in InDesign is needed to create a visual hierarchy in a text. It can help draw attention to certain portions of text and make a document easier to read and understand. Indentation also adds a sense of structure and organization to a design, which can be especially important in longer documents.

How To Indent First Line In InDesign?

Indentation of the first line is the most common form of indentation. To achieve this, look at the instructions given below: 

  1. Select the Paragraph that you would like to modify.
  2. Go to the Paragraph panel, which can be found under the Type menu.
  3. Select the “Indents and Spacing” tab.
  4. Under “Indentation,” you will see a box labeled “First Line.”
  5. Enter the desired amount to indent the first line of the selected Paragraph.

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How To Add A Hanging Indent Or Outdent In InDesign?

A hanging indent is often referred to as an outdent, although this is uncommon. To achieve an outdent, follow these steps:

  1. Select the text you want to add a hanging indent to.
  2. Go to the Type menu and select “Paragraph Styles.”
  3. Select the Paragraph Style you want to modify.
  4. Click the “Indents and Spacing” tab.
  5. Under the “Indent” section, check the “Hanging” checkbox.
  6. Enter the space you want the hanging indent to be in the “Hanging” field.
  7. Click “OK” to save the changes.

Why Are Hanging Indents Significant?

Hanging indents are significant because they provide a visual cue that helps distinguish between different text elements. In particular, they can indicate a list or a quotation. Hanging indents are also useful for organizing information and making it easier to read. 

Additionally, they can be used to separate references and citations in research papers, making the text look more polished and professional.

How To Indent A Paragraph In InDesign?

To learn how to indent a whole paragraph, consider the following instructions and apply them in InDesign. 

  1. Select the Paragraph you want to indent.
  2. Go to the Paragraph Styles panel.
  3. Select the paragraph style you are using.
  4. Click the “Indent” tab.
  5. Adjust the “First Line” and “Left Indent” settings to the desired amount.
  6. Click “OK.”
  7. To apply the changes to the entire document, select all the text and reapply the paragraph style.

What Are Tabs In InDesign?

Tabs in InDesign are used to create, organize, and customize text within text frames or other types of frames. They are located in the Type menu and can set tab stops, adjust character and paragraph spacing, and set tab leaders. Tabs can also be used for formatting tables, lists, and other text-based objects.

What Are The Types Of Tabs?

There are multiple options for tabs that InDesign offers its users. All the types are listed and explained below. 

  • Text Tabs: These are used to align text in a document.
  • Leader Tabs: These are used to create a dotted line between two words in a document.
  • Left Tabs: These are used to align text to the left side of the page.
  • Right Tabs: These are used to align text to the right side of the page.
  • Decimal Tabs: These are used to align numbers with decimal points.
  • Bar Tabs: These are used to create a vertical line in a document.
  • Center Tabs: These are used to center the text on a page.
  • Align Tabs: These are used to align text to a specific character or word.

How To Set Tabs In InDesign?

To set the tabs, you should:

  1. Select the Type tool from the Tools panel.
  2. Click on the text area you want to add a tab to.
  3. Click on the Tabs palette in the Window menu.
  4. In the Tab Selector, choose the type of tab you want to add.
  5. Enter the value of the tab in the Tab Stop Position box.
  6. Click Add to create the tab.
  7. Repeat for each tab you want to set.
  8. Click OK.


Indentation is seen as a powerful tool in text formatting. With indentation, all text would be more varied and varied. Use the different indentation forms wherever necessary in your documents’ designs.