# Why won't \hspace work?

I'm trying to get a block of text to be aligned 2.55cm from the left of the page. I'm sure there's a better way of doing this, but it would be nice to get an answer anyway.

When I type:

\hspace{2.55cm} text text text text text text ... text

I get an output that has the first line 2.55cm from the left but the following lines are aligned with the left of the page, naturally. So I tried using the \hspace{2.55cm} command at the point in the text where I want there to be an indent (i.e. the start of every line in the output). But when I do this, I get the same output with only the first line indented by 2.55cm and the following lines aligned with the left of the page. Why is this - and how do I fix it?

• Well, what you try to do doesn't sound like a good idea. Could you please post a Minimal Working Example showing what you have, and explain precisely what is your intention? Because I have a feeling that you're mis-using some of the concepts of LaTeX -- which happens quite often, but still, it's better to change it, isn't it? ;)
– yo'
Oct 28 '13 at 20:45
• Do you want all lines in a paragraph indented like that? Oct 28 '13 at 20:46
• @Sigur yes I do, I basically want every new line to be indented from the left by 2.55cm. Oct 28 '13 at 20:49
• But only for a part of the document, right? I suggest you to adapt the quote environment. Oct 28 '13 at 20:50
• Every new line? and 2.55cm from left margin of the typeblock is? \parindent 2.55cm (or: \setlength{\parindent}{2.55cm}) and start a new paragraph with each line. Or this is in an environment..? Or do you mean every line in the output..?
– jon
Oct 28 '13 at 20:51

Using the changepage package, one can locally adjust the margins of text in a page. To achieve this, we use the environment, adjustwidth.

\begin{adjustwidth}{<leftmargin>}{<rightmargin>}
<content>

\documentclass{article}