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How to Insert a Horizontal Line in Word

Calvince Nyawara

Many people choose to work with Microsoft Word for its extensive features and the ability to customize your documents. With tools such as inserting a line in Word, you can easily create separate sections, add visual interest to your page, and add that extra professional touch to win over your readers.

 

In this article, you will learn how to insert a line in Word, and how you can change how your lines look in all versions of Word.

 

Method 1: How to Insert a Horizontal Line in Word

Microsoft Word comes with a built-in tool specifically for inserting all kinds of horizontal lines. You can find it by following these instructions:

 

  1. Place your blinking cursor where you want to insert a line in your document.
  2. Open the Home tab from the Ribbon interface on top of your screen. This is the default tab when you create or open a document.
  3. In the Paragraph section, click on the arrow next to the Borders icon (as shown in the image below).
    how to insert a horizontal line in word
  4. Choose Horizontal Line from the drop-down menu. This will insert a plain, solid line into your document which you can leave as is, or customize.
    insert a line in word
  5. To customize the line, double-click on it once it’s in your document. The Format Horizontal Line dialog box will open in a new window.
  6. Change all of the attributes you want to modify and click the OK button.

 

Method 2: Use keyboard shortcuts (AutoFormat) to insert a line in Word

 

By far the most efficient way of inserting a line in Word is the AutoFormat feature, especially when looking for style. 

 

This only allows you to insert horizontal lines, however, it gives you the ability to choose from a variety of styles. All you need to do is type the correct symbols and hit the enter key on your keyboard to automatically insert a full-page length line.

 

Here are all the lines you can insert by using the AutoFormat shortcuts in most desktop versions of Word:

 

  1. To insert a solid single horizontal line: Type three hyphens (---) & Press Enter
    Insert a single line in word
  2. To insert a solid double line: Type three equal signs (===) & Press Enter
    Insert double line in word
  3. To insert a Dotted line: Type three asterisks (***) & Press Enter
    insert dotted line in word
  4. To insert a Bold single line: Type three underline symbols (___) & Press Enter
    insert bold single line in word
  5. To insert a Wavy line: Type three tildes (~~~) & Press Enter
    insert wavy line in word
  6. To insert Triple line with a thick center: Type three number signs (###) & Press Enter
    insert triple line with a thick center

 

All of these lines adjust to the full length of your document, or when inserted into a column, adjust to the width of the column. 

 

Method 3: Use the Shapes function to draw a line in Word

 

The third way of adding a line to your Word document is by using the Shapes inside the application. This allows you to draw both horizontal and vertical lines, or lines going in any direction. Here’s how you can use this tool in Word.

 

  1. Place your blinking cursor where you want to insert a line in your document.
  2. Select the Insert tab in the Ribbon interface, which can be found on the top of your screen.
  3. Expand the Shapes group inside the Illustrations section, as shown below on the image.
    insert a line in word using auto format
  4. In the Lines group, select a line that you want to insert.
    lines groups
  5. Click and drag your cursor inside your document to draw a line. You can hold the Shift key to make sure your line is perfectly aligned.
  6. Let go of your mouse button to insert the line into your document.
    draw a shape in word
  7. To customize your line, select it by clicking on it once and opening the Shape Format (or simply Format in some versions of Word) tab in the Ribbon.

 

Final thoughts

 

We hope that this article was able to help you learn how to insert a horizontal or vertical line in Word. You’re now able to further customize your documents and deliver more professional products.

 

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