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7/6/19
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I just was wondering if anyone else has experienced the tab key indenting way too far in Google Docs, which has never happened to me before. It's almost like it's double tabbing when in the exact same document, I probably hit tab 10+ times with a normal indent happening. Does anyone have a fix for this?
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7/6/19
Hi, Emma,
 
Please try the following: Press Ctrl + A to select all the content in your document. Then go to Format > Align & indent > Indentation options. In the "Indentation options" panel, make sure the box for "Left" is zero and "Special" is either "None" or the first line is set to 0.5. Press the blue Apply button to save your changes.
 
Does that resolve it for you?
 
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7/6/19
Hey Jo,

Thank you so much for responding. I did try that earlier for the section in question--I don't want to align left the entire document because some of the text does need to be centered--and I'm afraid it didn't do much. I'll try again.

Thanks!

Emma
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7/7/19
Hi, Emma,

What happened when you tried this on just the problem section? What did it show as your indent settings?

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7/7/19
Hey Jo,

Align left, both boxes zero, nothing special.

Emma
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7/7/19
Thanks, Emma. Is there any part of your document where the tab indent is working correctly? When you open a new document and type some text in it, is the tab working correctly?
 
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7/7/19
Well, I’m actually editing someone else’s document, and I need to indent the paragraphs. For the first 10 pages, tab worked just fine.

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7/7/19
Hi, Emma,

Is this a document that was converted from a .docx (Word) file?

Does it contain content that was pasted from another source (such as from Word file or a website)?

Is there any content in your comments that was copied/pasted from another source?

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7/7/19
It was converted from a Word document, but this has never happened to me with documents like that.

Emma
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7/7/19
If the document was converted from Word and is having problems, it's likely that the original .docx file used a feature that isn't supported in Docs. When that happens, the document could end up having some problems like this because Docs doesn't know what to do with that unsupported code. Are you able to add tabs in the ruler that aren't as deeply indented or remove the tab in the ruler that's situated at this deep indent? 

To add a tab, make sure you can see the rule (go to View > Show ruler) and click in the ruler where you want to add the tab. To remove a tab, drag it off the ruler.

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12/2/19
You're very welcome, Matthew.

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