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  • I want to creat these kind of indentation of the paragraphs:

     

    PAUL:       Alpha beta

                    alpha beta

    ROBERT:   Alpha beta

                    alpha beta

     

    so practicaly the first word in a paragraf  (the name) will start at the start of the line while the rest of the paragraph, the actual text will be a block alingned left but indented a specific amount from the start of the line. (all alpha beta texts should be aligned the same, here not well represented)

     

    how  to achieve this? my whole text is already written, I would only change the formatting.

     

    thank you!

     

    P.S. sorry for my bad english...


    • Edited by eperdos Sunday, September 18, 2011 5:37 AM
    Sunday, September 18, 2011 5:36 AM

Answers

  • What you need is a so-called "hanging indent". http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/indent-paragraphs-HP010016528.aspx explains, how to create one. The problem is: It doesn't work when the second line is already separated from the first by a "hard return" (Enter). You need a "soft return" (Shift-Enter). http://word.tips.net/T000170_Understanding_Hard_and_Soft_Returns.html explains the difference.

    So you need to type:
    PAUL:<TAB>first line<Shift+Enter>second line<Enter>ROBERT:<Tab>third line<Shift+Enter>fourth line<Enter>

    When you created the text like this, select it, go the ruler on top and drag the whole indent marker to the right. After that move the upper part of the marker to the left. You can even create a new style out of this paragraph formatting and apply it to new text with just a click.

    • Marked as answer by eperdos Sunday, September 18, 2011 1:33 PM
    Sunday, September 18, 2011 8:34 AM

All replies

  • What you need is a so-called "hanging indent". http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/indent-paragraphs-HP010016528.aspx explains, how to create one. The problem is: It doesn't work when the second line is already separated from the first by a "hard return" (Enter). You need a "soft return" (Shift-Enter). http://word.tips.net/T000170_Understanding_Hard_and_Soft_Returns.html explains the difference.

    So you need to type:
    PAUL:<TAB>first line<Shift+Enter>second line<Enter>ROBERT:<Tab>third line<Shift+Enter>fourth line<Enter>

    When you created the text like this, select it, go the ruler on top and drag the whole indent marker to the right. After that move the upper part of the marker to the left. You can even create a new style out of this paragraph formatting and apply it to new text with just a click.

    • Marked as answer by eperdos Sunday, September 18, 2011 1:33 PM
    Sunday, September 18, 2011 8:34 AM
  • yes thank you. this works exactly how I want. I should make some changes to the text but would be fine.
    Sunday, September 18, 2011 1:33 PM