How to Adjust Google Docs Horizontal Line Thickness

You can insert a horizontal line in Google Docs from the Insert menu, but you can also create one in another way. Find out how to adjust Google Docs horizontal line thickness.

  1. Open your document in Google Docs.
  2. Click inside the paragraph above where you want the line.
  3. Choose Format at the top of the window.
  4. Select Paragraph styles, then Borders and shading.
  5. Choose the Bottom border option.
  6. Choose your border width.
  7. Click the Apply button.

Our article continues below with additional information and pictures for these steps.

Adding a horizontal line to a document is a helpful way to indicate the end of a section, or to separate different elements.

But the default method of adding a horizontal line in Google Docs via the Insert menu doesn’t give you a lot of customization options.

Fortunately there is another way to add a horizontal line and adjust its properties, including the width of the line.

Our guide below will show you adjust horizontal line thickness in Google Docs.

How to Change Width of a Horizontal Line in Google Docs

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in other desktop browsers like Firefox or Edge.

Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open your document.

Step 2: Click inside the paragraph above which you wish to add the horizontal line.

click inside the paragraph

Step 3: Select the Format tab at the top of the window.

click the Format tab

Step 4: Choose Paragraph styles, then Borders and shading.

click paragraph styles then borders and shading

Step 5: Click the Bottom border option at the top of the window.

click on botom border

Step 6: Click the Border width button and choose the desired horizontal line thickness.

how to change Google Docs horizontal line thickness

Step 7: Adjust any of the other options on this menu as needed, then click the Apply button.

click Apply

While the method above doesn’t allow you to customize an existing horizontal line in Google Docs, it does allow you to create a new one that is functionally identical.

If you already had a horizontal line in that location you can delete it by placing your cursor at the start of the line below the horizontal line, then press the Backspace key on your keyboard.

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