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How do you insert lines into Word 2010?

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What is the best way to insert a horizontal line into a document? thx

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Hi Harold,

There are two ways to do this one quicker than the other.

The first way is to just hold the - key for a quarter of the page and hit return. It will automatically add a bold line across the page. If you hold the shift key and - it will do a non bolded line across the page.

The other option is to use a function that is popular in Excel 2010. Go to the home page - paragraph group - and look for a small dotted square. Press on that and scroll to the bottom of all of your available options. It is hard to describe this so i've created a quick tutorial for you.



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One option, especially if you're interested in using decorative horizontal lines, is to go to the Page Layout tab and in the Page Background group click Page Borders. Then in the bottom of the Borders and Shading dialogue, click the Horizontal Line button.

In the Horizontal Line dialogue you can scroll through everything from plain lines to some real wild ones. Once you choose one, click OK, and it's in your doc...you can always modify it by double-clicking the line and make your changes in the Format Horizontal Line dialogue box that opens. You can also use the handles that appear when the line is selected to resize the line.

Another method I use often is to go to the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group click Shapes and choose the Line option. Then click and draw the line wherever you want in your doc. Hold the Shift key while dragging to lock the line to a horizontal position. Once it's on the page, with the line selected you can use the Format tab on the ribbon to do all sorts of things to it...like applying Styles.

I personally like these options because the line becomes an independent object on the page that I can move and adjust, copy and paste elsewhere in the doc, and so on.

George Briggs
Presentation Choices, Inc.

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Hi GeoPro,

I'm trying to follow your first option above but it is inserting an entire border around my page and not just a horizontal line? Could you elaborate a bit more (i'm brand new to word 2010 from google apps) and trying to navigate around and figuring things out.

thanks

Cyrus

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Here's a quick video walk-through of the two methods I mention using to add a horizontal line in Word 2010. If you need to know more post back here and I'll do what I can to help.

George Briggs
Presentation Choices, Inc.

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wow, this is excellent. thank you

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help!

I made a line across the top of a document (word 2010). At some point I moved the writing up or down and it made a line at the bottom of the page which will not go away - tried deleting etc but it stays. Why and how do I get rid of it. Thank you!!!!!
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Sorry to bump an old thread, but this came up on a Google search when I was dealing with the same problem.

There are a couple of other ways to insert a horizontal line all the way across the document, all using the little line function box (perhaps just to the right of the little bucket pouring paint) that, hopefully, shows up in the Paragraph section of your Home tab ribbon. The dropdown box for the line function box describes it as "Customize borders of selected cells or text." (It's a little counterintuitive, but a line under your text is a kind of "border.")

The first option is to use the "borders" function, and insert a "border" on the line you're working on. You can choose to have the line be above that line's text, or below it (along with various other border options, of course). This will insert a thin line, that will stay with the paragraph you're working on.

The second option is to go farther down, near the bottom of the dropdown list, to "horizontal line." This will insert a thicker line, as a graphic in its own paragraph.

It's important to know the difference between the two, because they can work very differently, for two reasons.

The first reason is that you aren't omniscient, so sometimes will want to get rid of a line you've inserted.
  If you've inserted a border line, to get rid of it you have to use the same insert process in that paragraph (as if you were going to insert a line), but instead select the "No border" option. The border line isn't an object, it's a characteristic of the paragraph.
  If you've inserted the graphic horizontal line, left click on it to select it, then hit "Delete" (probably twice, to also delete the paragraph mark that comes with the line). Or, you can right-click on it and click on "cut."

The second reason is that you might be fussy about the line, and want to change it.
  If you're using border lines, you change them before you insert them, by going to the bottom of the dropdown box, to "Borders and Shading" and making changes before inserting the line.
  If you're using graphic lines, you insert the line, left click on it, then right click on it, and make the changes. You'll get lots more choices -- various graphical types of lines are made available.

(I hope somebody reads this sometime and finds it helpful.)