How to Create a Long Line in Microsoft Word

By Filonia LeChat

Typing text into a Microsoft Word document is pretty clear -- the page opens and the keyboard provides the venue for selecting letters, numbers and symbols. But for artistic elements such as creating lines, the keyboard leaves a slight gap in functionality. To fill in this gap, Word provides a menu of drawing options. Add lines to letters, forms and other documents created in Word, with a straight and narrow process.

Step 1

Open Word. Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the workspace.

Step 2

Click the "Shapes" button on the ribbon/toolbar below the tab. Click one of the options in the "Line" section of the fly-out menu. The cursor changes to a plus sign (+).

Step 3

Press and hold down the "Shift" key on the keyboard to enable straight-line drawing. Click the cursor on the document such as the very top of the page, then drag it to the end point on the document, such as the bottom of the page, to create the long line.

Step 4

Release the mouse button and the "Shift" key and the long line is added to the Word document.