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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 indents, how can you quickly get it done? This tutorial will show you three methods to remove all indents in Word.

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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.

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:

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:

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.

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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    Wanda · 2 years ago
    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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    Emma · 2 years ago
    The scrolling function does not work on this site and the instructions didn't remove the indents, unfortunately.
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    Pleased · 2 years ago
    Very Very Useful, thank you so much
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    Paul M Frazee · 4 years ago
    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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    inc · 5 years ago
    Thanks a lot, method 1 worked fine for me in Word 2013.
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    Indie Writer · 6 years ago
    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!