I am looking to indent the first 3-4 lines of a paragraph, and have the rest start normally at margin length (see attached photograph for example).

The lettrine package does this, but adding the big initial. I am looking to do this without having to add some visible or invisible figure to push the text aside.

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  • Welcome to TeX SX! You have the \hangpara command from the hanging package for that.
    – Bernard
    Commented Nov 20, 2019 at 20:36
  • Thank you! Just looked into it and it works perfectly fine. Thanks again Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 19:43

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With the memoir class

The paragraph text.

where <num> is the number of lines to be indented by the amount <indent>.

For more on particular paragraph shapes you could look at https://tug.org/TUGboat/tb28-2/tbglister.pdf and https://tug.org/TUGboat/tb29-2/tbglister.pdf.

  • Well, thank you! I have just been looking into it and it works perfectly Commented Nov 22, 2019 at 19:54

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