Insert or remove horizontal lines or rules in a document

Adding horizontal lines, sometimes called horizontal rules, to a document or email message can help separate sections of text add visual appeal.

Insert a line by typing a few characters


The fastest way to add a horizontal line or rule is to use the AutoFormat feature. When you type certain characters three times and then press Enter, the those characters instantly become a horizontal line.

1. Place the cursor where you want to insert the horizontal line.

2. Do one of the following, and then press Enter :

The line is inserted for the full width of the page. When inserted into a column, the line is inserted to match the width of the column.

Remove a horizontal line

1. Place the cursor immediately above the horizontal line.

2. On the Home tab in Word or the Format Text tab in Outlook, in the Paragraph group, click the arrow next to the Borders and Shading button, and click No Border.

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