Paragraph formatting can be thought of as encompassing two concepts:
Structural formatting— Attributes that affect the overall structure of the text, such as alignment, indentation, tabs, etc.
Decorative formatting— Attributes that affect the interior appearance of the text, such as shading, borders, numbering, and bullets
This section deals with structural formatting. Decorative formatting is detailed in the section that follows.
Indentation typically is used for automatically indenting the first line of paragraphs, block indenting quotes, and setting up hanging indentation for bulleted or numbered text. Preset indentation can be set using the Decrease Indent and Increase Indent controls in the Paragraph group of the Home tab on the Ribbon.
You can also perform Decrease Indent and Increase Indent using the Backspace and Tab keys, respectively. To do this, first choose Office Button Word Options Proofing AutoCorrect Options. In AutoFormat As You Type, in the bottom set of options, click Set Left- and First-Indent with Tabs and Backspaces to enable it. This is enabled by default in Word, but many people turn it off because it sometimes appears ...