I would like to indent in the "of Embryonic Stem Cells" section, but so far everything I have tried has failed.

I first tried to see if there was a tab character, which there does not appear to be, and then I moved on to basically everything I could think of including: making that one line into a stand alone paragraph (\paragraph{}), beginning a tabular format (\begin{tabular}), attempting to make the white space into an "equation" in a math environment (\( \)), and I even resorted to inserting in spaces by hand - which was unsuccessful in all attempts ( of...), ( \ \ \ \ of...), (\; \; of...).

I feel like this has become unnecessarily complicated and I just must be missing something. I've attached the relevant section of my code and the associated PDF output; the highlighted section is where I would like the space to be placed. I'm running the most current version of TeXworks and have no modules installs.

Issue With Code

  • What are you trying to write? A CV? There are dedicated classes for that. For example moderncv. You better use them. – user11232 Oct 24 '13 at 9:49
  • BTW, Welcome to the site. – user11232 Oct 24 '13 at 9:49
  • I'll make sure to check them out, since I am writing a CV. A belated thanks for the welcome! This community is wonderful. – Peter Maguire Nov 13 '13 at 7:32

Try the following code:


where you want to insert a horizontal space.

You can replace "10" with your desired value.

Hope this helps.

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    Ordinarily, horizontal space at the start of a new line is discarded. You would need \\ \hspace*{10pt} in the questioner's example. Or one can start the new line with something other than a space: \\ \mbox{}\hspace{10pt}. – Dan Oct 25 '13 at 4:20
  • \hspace*{14mm} worked perfectly for me. After trying so many things it was exciting to finally get it working. – Peter Maguire Nov 13 '13 at 7:23
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    Glad it worked for you. Thanks for choosing this as the best answer. – Omid1989 Nov 13 '13 at 18:55

You can use the \hangindent command at the start of that paragraph. For example:

\hangindent=2em Thesis: \textit{Identification of Differential Genes Associated with Neurogenesis of Embryonic Stem Cells}

A few comments on your attempts:

  • The \paragraph command defines a section heading that is not automatically numbered. The \par command splits paragraphs; it is equivalent to a blank line.
  • A tabular might be a good way to typeset your whole CV (I'm assuming it's a CV), but won't necessarily work for just one line.
  • In maths environments, all spaces you enter are ignored; LaTeX does its own spacing.
  • Manual spaces seem to have been put at the start of the previous line. LaTeX has it's own complicated way of breaking lines (it tries every possible combination!), so you have to play by its rules.

You also use a lot of manual spaces to right-align the year range; you can achieve this with a simple \hfill ('horizontal fill space').

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  • \hangindent was pretty close to working, but I wanted it moved farther over and couldn't seem to get it to do what I wanted. In the end I used hspace*{} to solve my issue. You're right about LaTeX having it's own rule system for line breaks, and my previous attempts with hspace{} failed because I didn't tell it I wanted to override its system. Thank you for all your assistance and comments. I am writing a CV and am new to LaTeX as a language. What's the benefit of using tabular over sections? Also thanks for the \hfill tip! That made my code much cleaner. – Peter Maguire Nov 13 '13 at 7:27

another way of getting the indentation would be to use the description environment:

   \item[Thesis:] \emph{Identification of Differential Genes Associated with Neurogenesis of Embryonic Stem Cells}

with this solution you would not need to decide where to put your horizontal space, and it will if if the text is changed.

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  • This worked, but sadly created an entirely new section and thus left white space before and after. But in the end \hspace*{} was what worked for me. Thanks for the help! – Peter Maguire Nov 13 '13 at 7:24

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