How to remove all indents in Word?

Normally, you may use various types of indents in formatting a document in Word. But speaking of removing all indents, such as left indents, hanging indents, first line indents and right indetns, how can you quickly get it done? This tutorial will show you three methods to remove all indents in Word.

Remove all indents with using Format command

Remove all indents with VBA

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

Step 1: Highlight the paragraph(s) you want to remove left indents, and right click on it, then choose Paragraph command item


Step 2: In the Paragraph dialog box specify Left option to “0cm”Right option to “0cm”, and specify the Special option to “None” in the Indentation sectionin the Indentation section


Step 3: Click OK to remove all left indents

Note : this method cannot remove the first line indents by using space or tab characters to indent.

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If you good at Macro, the VBA code is also available for you to remove all indents.

Step 1: Press Alt+F11 to open the VBA window in Word;

Step 2: Click Module in Insert tab, and insert the VBA code into Module window;

Step 3: Click Rundoc-reverse-sign-6 button to apply the VBA code (or press F5);

The VBA code to remove all indents :

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
Else: Exit For
End If
Next n
Application.ScreenUpdating = True 'restore screen and refresh
End Sub
Sub remove_all_indents()
End Sub

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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 Kutool for Word. With Kutool for Word. Only one click allows you to remove all indents

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Permalink 0 Indie Writer
In support of this page and its author, I just want to extend my thanks. As a writer, I've posted stories to websites for my readers. After having done so, and making minor corrections here and there, I would then copy and paste the text as a new document to record all the new changes I had made. Only I found out the hardway, I couldn't get rid of the formatting. Your little VBA code worked miracles for me! I'm so glad I found this page! Thank you!
2013-12-18 15:52 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink +1 inc
Thanks a lot, method 1 worked fine for me in Word 2013.
2014-05-23 14:09 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Paul M Frazee
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
2015-11-20 00:54 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 jayjaymartin
Thanks a lot Ahmad for the answer. Accepting other answer as it has a code snippet and if anyone sees this post, they would appreciate the
2016-02-03 12:00 Reply Reply with quote Quote
Permalink 0 Pleased
Very Very Useful, thank you so much
2017-02-17 17:03 Reply Reply with quote Quote

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