MLA Style – Indenting a paragraph in Word

indentMLA Formatting requires indenting the first line of a paragraph one half-inch. The Microsoft Word First Line Indent feature will apply this MLA formatting automatically throughout your document.

To set First Line Indent to MLA standards:

    • Select all your text by pressingCtrl + a.
    • From theHome Tab in theParagraph section, Click theParagraph Dialog box launcher. This will open theParagraph dialog box.
    • In theSpecial: section click the drop down arrow next to (none) and select First line.
    • In theBy: section change the number to 5″.

This will automatically indent the first line of every paragraph one half-inch for the entire document.