How to Insert a Line on a Word Document

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You can use lines to create fill-in-the-blanks or to separate sections in your document. Microsoft Word gives you a number of options when you're working with lines. The Shapes tool includes a variety of customisable lines. Word lets you constrain lines as you draw them, turning crooked lines into straight lines. Alternatively, you may use the AutoFormat feature. When enabled, Word converts hyphens, underlines, dashes and equal signs to horizontal lines on your page.

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    Using Underlines

  1. 1

    Place your cursor where you want to insert a line.

  2. 2

    Go to the "Home" tab.

  3. 3

    Select "Underline" from the "Font" group and press the "Tab" key to create fill-in-the-blanks.

    Using AutoFormat

  1. 1

    Select the Office Button and click "Word Options" to enable AutoFormat.

  2. 2

    Select "Proofing" in the "Word Options" window.

  3. 3

    Click the "AutoCorrect Options" button and select the "AutoFormat As You Type" tab in the "AutoCorrect" dialogue box.

  4. 4

    Checkmark "Hyphens (---) with dash (--)" and click "OK" twice.

  5. 5

    Place your cursor where you want to insert a horizontal line. Type three dashes or hyphens and press the "Enter" key.

    Using Shapes

  1. 1

    Go to the "Insert" tab and select "Shapes" from the "Illustrations" group.

  2. 2

    Go to the "Lines" section and select the type of line to insert.

  3. 3

    Click the area where you want the line inserted on your page.

  4. 4

    Hold down your mouse as you draw a line across your page. To constrain the line, hold down the "SHIFT" key on your keyboard as you draw it.

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