Best Practices: Increasing and Decreasing Indent
Microsoft Word’s ability to maintain an outline is a key feature of these outline templates. It can, however, be tricky to work with. Here are some best practices, which are also illustrated in this video:
- Work with entire lines. It is best to have an entire line (or lines) selected before cutting and pasting or changing the outline level of an item. If you move your mouse pointer to the left margin of your document, you'll notice that the mouse pointer changes shape to an arrow that is pointed up and to the right. Clicking now will select an entire line of text. You can drag while the mouse pointer has this shape to select a set of lines.
- Increasing and decreasing indent. The best way to increase or decrease the indent level of an item is to select it (again, using whole line selection as described above), then use the increase or decrease toolbar buttons. These toolbar buttons are next to the number list and bullet list toolbar buttons. If you do not see this toolbar, use the View, Toolbars, Formatting menu option to make it appear.