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How to add a line to a Microsoft Word document

It's time to get in line.
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January 9, 2023

A horizontal line in a document allows you to separate a longer paper into sections. It can act as a page or chapter break if you’re writing an ongoing story, and it can simply help you organize any lengthy piece of writing. Now, when using Microsoft Word, there are several ways to add a horizontal line. Let’s review how to insert a line in Word.

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To insert a line in Word, click Home > Borders > Horizontal Line.


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How to insert a line in a Microsoft Word document

There are two main types of horizontal lines you can create using the Borders function within Microsoft Word. The first would be the classic Horizontal Line, which acts like a horizontal drawn line that you can click and drag into place.

The next would be the Bottom Border style of horizontal line. This, when placed, appears directly underneath where your cursor was on the document. It also acts like the underside of a bordered box, which you can maneuver around by adding or removing space around the page.

Horizontal Line button

Make sure you are on the Home tab in your Microsoft Word document. On the page, click on the line directly above where you want to place the horizontal line.

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Click the Borders button within the Paragraph section.

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From the subsequent dropdown menu, click Horizontal Line.

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Your horizontal line will appear directly below the line where your cursor was.

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Bottom Border button

Make sure you are on the Home tab in your Microsoft Word document. On the page, click on the line directly above where you want to place the horizontal line.

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Click the Borders button within the Paragraph section.

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From the subsequent dropdown menu, click Bottom Border.

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Your bottom border line will appear directly below the line where your cursor was.

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How to add a line by using shapes in Word

Click the Insert tab in Word.

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In the Illustrations section, select Shapes.

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Click the Line button within the Lines section.

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Click and drag horizontally to form your line.

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Release your click to add the line to your page.

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