Paragraph Formatting

Kayley Mabe

Block Styles

All lines of text are aligned with the left margins.
  • None of these lines are indented.
  • Commonly used when formatting business letters and memos.


The first line of a paragraph is indented.

  • use the tab key to indent paragraphs
  • commonly used when formatting reports

Hanging Indent

All lines are indented except the first lines of text.

  • the first line is flush with the left margin; each additional line is indented
  • commonly used when citing bibliography sources