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3.7.4 @paragraphindent: Controlling Paragraph Indentation

The Texinfo processors may insert whitespace at the beginning of the first line of each paragraph, thereby indenting that paragraph. You can use the @paragraphindent command to specify this indentation. Write an @paragraphindent command at the beginning of a line followed by either ‘asis’ or a number:

@paragraphindent indent

The indentation is according to the value of indent:


Do not change the existing indentation (not implemented in TeX).


Omit all indentation.


Indent by n space characters in Info output, by n ems in TeX.

The default value of indent is 3. @paragraphindent is ignored for HTML output.

It is best to write the @paragraphindent command before the end-of-header line at the beginning of a Texinfo file, so the region formatting commands indent paragraphs as specified. See Start of Header.

A peculiarity of the texinfo-format-buffer and texinfo-format-region commands is that they do not indent (nor fill) paragraphs that contain @w or @* commands.