Documents can sometimes be difficult to read when there’s just a running string of text. It can also be difficult to indicate where a section ends and another begins. Therefore it can be helpful to know how to insert a horizontal line in Microsoft Word if you want a visual cue that a section is ending, or that something new is beginning.
Horizontal lines are a great way to break up sections of a document. You have probably seen others use this object to great effect, and you might now find yourself editing a document where those horizontal lines would be helpful. Perhaps you have determined that a line full of underscore characters is the best way to create the horizontal line, but Word actually gives you a couple of other options.
Out guide below will show you how to add a horizontal line in Word using both a button in the ribbon and a keyboard shortcut. You can then use whichever of those options you find to be the most convenient.
How to Add a Horizontal Line in Word 2013
- Open the document in Microsoft Word.
- Click at the point in the document where you want the horizontal line.
- Choose the Home tab at the top of the window.
- Click the down arrow to the right of the Borders button.
- Select the Horizontal line option.
Continue reading below for more information on adding a horizontal line in Word, including pictures of these steps.
How to Insert a Horizontal Line Into a Word 2013 Document (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this guide will show you how to add a horizontal line to your document. This line will run from the left margin to the right margin. You can add the line through the ribbon, or by entering a specific string of characters. We will show you both methods below.
Step 1: Open your document in Word 2013.
Step 2: Place your cursor at the point in the document where you wish to add the horizontal line.
Step 3: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
Step 4: Click the arrow to the right of the Borders button, then click the Horizontal Line option.
As mentioned earlier, this is an alternate way to do this, which we will show below.
Alternate Method for Adding a Horizontal Line in Word
This step is a little quicker, and relies on a shortcut created by a couple of specific characters.
Step 1: Place your cursor at the point in the document where you want to add the line.
Step 2: Type three “-” characters in a row, then press the Enter key on your keyboard. So you should be typing “—” like is shown in the image below.
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