Webopedia on Google+Webopedia on TwitterWebopedia on FacebookTech Bytes Blog
Main » TERM » I »

indent

In word processing, the word indent is used to describe the distance, or number of blank spaces used to separate a paragraph from the left or right margins.

The following is an example of indented text:

Paragraph alignment against left margin.

This is the indented paragraph separated from the left margin using blank spaces.
This is the indented paragraph separated from the left margin using blank spaces.
This is the indented paragraph separated from the left margin using blank spaces.

Paragraph alignment against left margin.

Indents can also be negative. This is called an outdent, which pulls the paragraph outside of the left margin, the reverse of what is shown in the example above. Other types of indent formatting in word processing includes a hanging indent where all lines but the first are indented.

See also justify.







TECH RESOURCES FROM OUR PARTNERS
LATEST ARTICLES
Slideshow: 5 Hot Holiday Gifts for Tech Enthusiasts

From cute electronic toys to VR gaming, here are 5 hot gifts to give to your special tech enthusiast this holiday season. Read More »

What's Hot in Tech: AI Tops the List

Like everything in technology, AI touches on so many other trends, like self-driving cars and automation, and Big Data and the Internet of Things... Read More »

DevOp's Role in Application Security

As organizations rush to release new applications, security appears to be getting short shrift. DevSecOps is a new approach that holds promise. Read More »

STUDY GUIDES
Java Basics, Part 1

Java is a high-level programming language. This guide describes the basics of Java, providing an overview of syntax, variables, data types and... Read More »

Java Basics, Part 2

This second Study Guide describes the basics of Java, providing an overview of operators, modifiers and control Structures. Read More »

The 7 Layers of the OSI Model

The Open System Interconnection (OSI) model defines a networking framework to implement protocols in seven layers. Use this handy guide to compare... Read More »