How to Insert a Line in Word 2007

By Amy Dombrower

Aside from Microsoft Word 2007's collection of text editing features, the word processor provides various drawing tools. Word allows you to insert freeform drawings, geometric shapes or straight lines to add to your text document. For instance, insert a line to separate columns or sections of text or draw a line where you'll handwrite information on paper.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word 2007

Step 1

Open a Microsoft Word 2007 document.

Step 2

Click the "Insert" tab. Click "Shapes" in the "Illustrations" group.

Step 3

Click the "Line" icon under the "Lines" group to insert a straight line. The cursor changes to a cross shape.

Step 4

Click where you want to begin the line.

Step 5

Move your cursor to draw the line. Click to end the line. The line will be selected, with two green end points.

Step 6

Click the "Format" tab under "Drawing Tools", which only appears when a line is selected. Modify the line if you like with a different style or line color, or add a shadow effect.

Step 7

Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click "Save" to save the document.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you begin typing again, the line will be deselected. If you need to modify the line, scroll your mouse over it until you see a cross hair. Click to select the line, then click the "Format" tab.