MLA 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.
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