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How to remove all indents in Word?

Author: Amanda Li Last Modified: 2024-07-18

Indents are commonly used in Word documents to improve readability and structure. However, there may be times when you need to remove all indents to create a more uniform appearance or to reformat a document.

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to remove all indents in a Word document, helping you streamline your formatting process.

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Remove all indents with Layout (Page Layout)

Actually, you can quickly remove all indents from selection or the whole document with setting the page layout in Word.

Note : This method cannot remove the first line indents made by spaces or tab characters. VBA and a handy tool can remove them.

1. Select the paragraphs you will remove indents from.
If you need to remove all indents from the whole documents, you can click to activate the document, and then press Ctrl + A keys together to select the whole document.

2. Go to the Paragraph group on the Layout (or Page Layout) tab, and then:
(1) In the Left box, please type 0 and press the Enter key;
(2) In the Right box, please type 0 and press the Enter key.
Remove all indents with Layout

Now all indents (except the first line indents made by spaces or tab characters) are removed at once.


Remove all indents with using Paragraph feature

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Normally we can remove all left indents in Word by using the Paragraph feature. And here is the detailed description for you to quickly remove all left indents

Note : This method cannot remove the first line indents made by spaces or tab characters. VBA and a handy tool can remove them.

1. Select the paragraphs you want to remove indents, right click, and choose Paragraph from the context menu. See screenshot:
Paragraph option on the context menu

2. In the Paragraph dialog box, please type 0 into both Left and Right boxes, select (none) from the Special drop down list, and click the OK button. See screenshot:
Remove all indents with using the Paragraph dialog

Now all indents (except the first line indents made by spaces or tab characters) are removed at once.


Remove all indents with VBA

If you are good at Macro, the VBA code is also available for you to remove all indents from selection or the whole Word document easily.

1. Select the paragraphs or the whole document you will remove all indents from.

2. Press Alt + F11 keys together to open the VBA window, click Insert > Module to create a new Module window, and then paste below code into the window:

VBA: Remove all indents from selection or the whole document in Word

Sub remove_indents()
With Selection.ParagraphFormat
.CharacterUnitLeftIndent = 0
.CharacterUnitRightIndent = 0
.CharacterUnitFirstLineIndent = 0
.LeftIndent = CentimetersToPoints(0)
.RightIndent = CentimetersToPoints(0)
.FirstLineIndent = CentimetersToPoints(0)
End With
End Sub
Sub remove_all_the_first_line_indent_spaces()
Dim i As Paragraph, n As Long
Application.ScreenUpdating = False 'close screen and refresh
For Each i In ActiveDocument.Paragraphs 'cycling in the pragraphs of the active document
For n = 1 To i.Range.Characters.Count
If i.Range.Characters(1).Text = " " Or i.Range.Characters(1).Text = " " Or i.Range.Characters(1).Text = Chr(9) Then
i.Range.Characters(1).Delete
Else: Exit For
End If
Next n
Next
Application.ScreenUpdating = True 'restore screen and refresh
End Sub
Sub remove_all_indents()
remove_indents
remove_all_the_first_line_indent_spaces
End Sub

3. Click Run button or Press F5 key to apply the VBA code.


Remove all indents with Kutools for Word

To remove all indents, the Format function cannot remove the first line indents which are using the space or tab characters to indent, while the VBA is too complicated. Now recommend you the most convenient method - using Kutools for Word. With Kutools for Word. Only one click allows you to remove all indents

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Just Click Kutools > Indents > Remove All Indents, and all kinds of indents are removed from the whole document immediately.
If you need to remove all indents from a certain selection, please select the content first, and then click Kutools > Indents > Remove All Indents.
Remove all indents with Kutools in one click

Kutools for Word's Remove Indents feature also supports to remove all spaces/tab indents, remove all first line indents, remove all left indents, remove all right indents by one click only.

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Actually I have found an easy way to do this, when I had a book typed in Word with the first line of each paragraph indented with the Tab key, and I wished to abolish the indents. You use Find and Replace.
You can't replace by simply typing ghe tab key directly into the Find box, because it will respond by moving the cursor to the next box, but it will accept the indented space if you copy it into the Find box with Copy and Paste.
So do the following.
Call up your document, go to the start of one of the indented spaces at the start of a paragraph, highlight it by holding down Shift +right arrow key, and copy with Control-C.Call up Find and Replace, put the cursor into the Find box, and Paste (Control-V). You should find the cursor leaps an appropriate number of spaces along the box.Go to he Replace box and type in whatever you want to replace the indent with (if nothing then just click in the Replace box before the next step)Press on the Replace All box and Bob's your uncle as they say in England. The indents have vanished.

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This was fantastic. I have been trying to reformat a book to put on Kindle. Even the Kindle support team didn't know about this feature. It was fabulous. I just copied your VBA codes for indent and presto! Two weeks of utter frustration gone! It worked instantly. Thank you so much for this valuable information.
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The scrolling function does not work on this site and the instructions didn't remove the indents, unfortunately.
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Very Very Useful, thank you so much
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Hello: I am an author who is about ready to shoot my laptop! For some unknown reason every time I hit the tab button the cursor moves down to the bottom of the text! It's frustrating as hell. I just want to be able to indent 5 spaces whenever I start a new paragraph. Sounds easy but for some reason this laptop is not letting me do it. I am using MS Word 2007. Thank you, Paul M Frazee
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