How to Insert Horizontal Lines in a Word Document

Horizontal lines have their place among the text in a Word document. Lines indicate to readers that a signature is necessary, and they create separation from one section of a page to another. Lines also form breakout boxes directing the reader's eyes to specific material. Word’s line-drawing function is part of its shape tools collection.

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Open Microsoft Word. Click the “File” tab. Click “Open.”

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Open the document to insert the horizontal lines into. Scroll to the place where you want to add the lines. To add space for the lines, click the cursor to the right of the character to go before the lines and press the Enter key.

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Click the “Insert” tab. Click the “Shapes” button. Click the first line button under the “Lines” section. The cursor changes to a plus sign.

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Position the cursor on the left side of the Word page. Press and hold down the Shift key. Drag the cursor to the right side of the page. Release the Shift key and the line appears.

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Click the line to open the “Drawing Tools” tab. Scroll through the “Shape Styles” section of the ribbon to change the line color, thickness and shadow.

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Click on the line and press the Ctrl and C keys to copy it. Press the Ctrl and V keys to paste a copy of the line elsewhere on the page, and drag the line into place.