How To Insert A Line In Word

Want to split up your text using lines in Microsoft Word but don’t know where to begin? Learn how to insert a line in Word with this easy-to-follow guide.

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Word is arguably one of the easiest Microsoft programs to navigate, once you can get your head around the large amount of tools and basic design elements at your disposal; from creating resumes to adding shapes and lines.

In fact, as one of the staple tools of the program, it’s really important that you learn how to perform this function in Word.

Adding horizontal lines, or “horizontal rules”, to an email message or an entire document on the program can help to visually break up the on-screen content for easier viewing, and will also make the page far more visually appealing.

It might sound difficult, but it is actually quite an easy process. If that wasn’t enough, Word offers a lot of choice in terms of horizontal line options which makes for a convenient experience.

1

Use The Shapes Menu

Arguably the simplest way of adding a line to a Word document is to draw it directly onto the page. This is easy to do thanks to the Shapes drop-down menu that contains several line options, including those with arrow points on one or both ends.

Step

1

Place Your Cursor

Place your cursor in the spot where you would like to insert a line.

Step

2

Navigate Your Cursor

Navigate your cursor to the format ribbon at the top of the page, and click the Insert tab.

Step

3

Select The Shapes

Select the Shapes drop-down menu.

Select the Shapes drop-down menu.

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4

Decide On Your Preferred Line Type

In the Lines section

In the Lines section, decide on your preferred line type. There will be many options here for you to choose from.

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5

Drag Your Cursor

In the Word document

In the Word document, drag your cursor across the screen and then right click to release where you want the line to end.

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6

Shape Format Tab

This might simply be a Format tab

If you want to alter the way the line looks on the page, click on the line until the Shape Format tab is activated. This might simply be a Format tab in some versions of Microsoft Word.

After you draw the line, customize the color and appearance. These options can be entirely customized in the drop-down list. Also, feel free to include horizontal or vertical lines in your Word document!

2

Use the Horizontal Line Tool

You could also use this easy method as a way to insert a horizontal line into your Word document. All you need to do is know how to use the built-in tool.

Step

1

Place The Cursor

Place the cursor where you want to insert a horizontal line into your document.

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2

Move The Cursor

Move the cursor to the Home tab and select it.

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3

Select The Borders

In the Paragraph section, select the Borders drop-down menu and then select Horizontal Line.

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4

Change The Look

To change the look of the line, double-click the line where it is placed in your document.

Step

5

 Format Horizontal Line

Format Horizontal Line

In the Format Horizontal Line dialog box, feel free to modify the line’s width, height, color, and alignment so it fits with the content on your page.

3

Using AutoFormat

By holding down the hyphen button, it’s super quick and easy to create a horizontal line in Microsoft Word. But there are other variations of the AutoFormat line to decide between.

After opening your document, place the cursor where you want to insert the horizontal line.

All you need to do is insert a line into a Word document by typing in 3 or more symbols and click Enter. Some examples of these characters will include:

Step

1

Type In Three Dashes

Type in three dashes and you will get a solid single line.

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2

Type Three Underlines

Type three underlines and you’ll achieve a bold single line.

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3

Three Equal Signs

Three equal signs will result in a double line.

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4

Three Asterisks

Three asterisks means you will be able to add a heavy dotted line into your document.

Feel free to type more than 3 of each character as there isn’t a limit. As long as you have three symbols that begin at the left-hand margin, you’re good to go! The line will then be inserted for the full width of the page.

If you want to add some text above the line that you have just made in Word, all you need to do is place the cursor where you want the text and begin the typing process.

Note that the AutoFormat features will not be available in Office Online.

Conclusion

The above methods for inserting a line in Word are simple enough that almost anyone can learn them quickly, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a complete beginner to using the program.

With so many shortcuts available, you’ll have a suitable line in your text in next to no time at all!

Andrew is one of three co-founders of BGFG, the parent company of PC Guide. A keen gamer and PC enthusiast, Andrew dabbles in a bit of writing sometimes - when he gets the chance to!

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