How to insert lines in Word

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  1. Use one of these methods to quickly insert a line in a document
  2. Insert a row with AutoFormat
  3. Insert a line with the Horizontal Line tool

Use one of these methods to quickly insert a line in a document

Breaking up sections of a document by typing a few characters to form a line is a time-consuming and potentially error-prone technique. Instead, explore two ways Microsoft Word can insert different horizontal line styles.

Insert a row with AutoFormat

The quickest and easiest way to insert a string into a Word document includes the application’s auto-formatting feature, where typing just a few characters instantly creates the type of string you’re interested in. First place the cursor where you want to insert a line.

Then enter three characters and press the key Enter or yield . Your line is automatically created at the selected location. The following characters can be used to create a string via autoformat. Refer to the attached screenshot below to see what each of these line types actually looks like in Word.

  • Simple string: three hyphens (-)

  • Simple double line: three equal signs (===)

  • Dotted line: three asterisks (***)

  • Bold line: three underscores (___)

  • Wavy line: three tildes (~~~)

  • Triple line with a thick middle: three numbers (###)

Insert a line with the Horizontal Line tool

You can also insert a line in a Word document using the built-in Horizontal Line tool.

  1. Place the cursor where you want to insert the line.

  2. Press House is located in the top left corner.

  3. Find a button borders is located in the section Section . Click the down arrow next to this button.

  4. Select an option when the drop-down menu appears Horizontal line .

  5. The horizontal baseline should appear in your document. Double-click a line to change its appearance.

  6. If you chose double click, you should now see a dialog box Format horizontal line . Here you can change the width, height and color of your line and adjust the alignment.

  7. You can also resize or move your line by clicking it once and dragging the entire line to a different location, or by dragging the appropriate arrows.

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