How to Indent for a Thesis Page

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How to Indent for a Thesis Page
Proper indentation helps your reader know where the paragraphs are. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

When writing your thesis paper, it is important to know how to indent it properly. Fortunately, your word processor indents your paper for you. You no longer need to know how many spaces you need to indent to create a paragraph. Proper indentation lets your teacher or professor know exactly where each paragraph begins and ends. It also helps you to determine how many paragraphs you have already written.

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    Decide where you want to place the first paragraph if you have already written your thesis. Click your mouse before the first word where you would like to begin the paragraph. Press the Tab key on your keyboard. It will automatically indent the space for you.

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    Press the Tab key if you have not written your thesis yet. It will indent five spaces, which indicates the beginning of your paragraph. Begin your thesis where the cursor lands.

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    Press the Space Bar five times before beginning your paragraph. This is the old-fashioned way to indent paragraphs. You may find this option ideal if for some reason the Tab key stops working.

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    Click Page Layout in your Microsoft Word document. Look at the Paragraph tab. Click the arrow in the right corner of the tab. Choose the type of indentation you want under the Special drop-down box. This will automatically set the necessary indentation for your thesis paper. Click OK to accept the changes.

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