Change the color, style, or weight of a line

You can change the look of a line shape by changing its color, line style, or weight. If you are using Microsoft Office Excel 2007, Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, Microsoft Office Word 2007, or Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, you can apply a Quick Style (Quick Styles: Collections of formatting options that make formatting your documents and objects easier.) to quickly change the look of your line. If you are using Microsoft Office Publisher 2007, you can manually customize the color, style, or weight of your line.

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Add a Quick Style to a line

 Important   Quick Styles are available only in these 2007 Microsoft Office system programs: Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint.

Quick Styles for lines include theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.) from the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.), shadows, line styles, gradients, and three-dimensional (3-D) perspectives. Try different Quick Styles until you find one that you like. When you place your pointer over a Quick Style thumbnail, you can see how the Quick Style affects your line.

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Excel

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other lines. For more information about selecting lines, see Select a shape or other object.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the Quick Style that you want.

To see more Quick Styles, click the More button Button image.

Drawing Tools Format tab image

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, double-click the line to make sure that you selected it.

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Outlook

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other lines. For more information about selecting lines, see Select a shape or other object.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the Quick Style that you want.

To see more Quick Styles, click the More button Button image.

Drawing Tools, Format tab image

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, double-click the line to make sure that you selected it.

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PowerPoint

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other lines. For more information about selecting lines, see Select a shape or other object.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the Quick Style that you want.

To see more Quick Styles, click the More button Button image.

Drawing Tools Format tab image

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, double-click the line to make sure that you selected it.

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Word

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other lines. For more information about selecting lines, see Select a shape or other object.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the Quick Style that you want.

To see more Quick Styles, click the More button Button image.

Drawing Tools, Format tab image

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, double-click the line to make sure that you selected it.

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Change the color of a line

Which program are you using?


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Excel

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other lines. For more information about selecting lines, see Select a shape or other object.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline, and then click the color that you want.

Drawing Tools Format tab image

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, double-click the line to make sure that you selected it.

To change to a color that isn't in the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), click More Outline Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab are not updated if you later change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.).

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Outlook

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other lines. For more information about selecting lines, see Select a shape or other object.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline, and then click the color that you want.

Drawing Tools, Format tab image

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, double-click the line to make sure that you selected it.

To change to a color that isn't in the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), click More Outline Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab are not updated if you later change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.).

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PowerPoint

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other lines. For more information about selecting lines, see Select a shape or other object.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline, and then click the color that you want.

Drawing Tools Format tab image

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, double-click the line to make sure that you selected it.

To change to a color that isn't in the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), click More Outline Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab are not updated if you later change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.).

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Publisher

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other lines.

  1. On the Drawing toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), click the arrow next to Line Color Button image, and then click the color that you want.

To change to a color that is not displayed, click More Outline Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab.

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Word

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other lines. For more information about selecting lines, see Select a shape or other object.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline, and then click the color that you want.

Drawing Tools, Format tab image

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, double-click the line to make sure that you selected it.

To change to a color that isn't in the theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), click More Outline Colors, and then either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab are not updated if you later change the document theme (theme: A set of unified design elements that provides a look for your document by using color, fonts, and graphics.).

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Make a line dashed

Which program are you using?


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Excel

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other lines. For more information about selecting lines, see Select a shape or other object.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline.

Drawing Tools Format tab image

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, double click the line to make sure that you selected it.

  1. Point to Dashes, and then click the line style that you want.

To create a custom style, click More Lines, and then choose the options that you want.

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Outlook

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other lines. For more information about selecting lines, see Select a shape or other object.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline.

Drawing Tools, Format tab image

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, double click the line to make sure that you selected it.

  1. Point to Dashes, and then click the line style that you want.

To create a custom style, click More Lines, and then choose the options that you want.

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PowerPoint

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other lines. For more information about selecting lines, see Select a shape or other object.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline.

Drawing Tools Format tab image

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, double click the line to make sure that you selected it.

  1. Point to Dashes, and then click the line style that you want.

To create a custom style, click More Lines, and then choose the options that you want.

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Publisher

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other lines.

  1. On the Drawing toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), click Dash Style Button image, and then click the style that you want .

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Word

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other lines. For more information about selecting lines, see Select a shape or other object.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline.

Drawing Tools, Format tab image

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, double click the line to make sure that you selected it.

  1. Point to Dashes, and then click the line style that you want.

To create a custom style, click More Lines, and then choose the options that you want.

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Change the weight of a line

Which program are you using?


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Excel

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other lines. For more information about selecting lines, see Select a shape or other object.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline.

Drawing Tools Format tab image

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, double click the line to make sure that you selected it.

  1. Point to Weight, and then click the line weight that you want.

To create a custom line weight, click More Lines, and then choose the options that you want.

 Note   To draw a double line, draw a single line, copy and paste a second line next to it, and then group the two lines. For more information, see Group or ungroup shapes, pictures, or other objects in Excel 2007.

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Outlook

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other lines. For more information about selecting lines, see Select a shape or other object.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline.

Drawing Tools, Format tab image

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, double-click the line to make sure that you selected it.

  1. Point to Weight, and then click the line weight that you want.

To create a custom line weight, click More Lines, and then choose the options that you want.

 Note   To draw a double line, draw a single line, copy and paste a second line next to it, and then group the two lines. For more information, see Group or ungroup shapes, pictures, or other objects in Outlook 2007.

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PowerPoint

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other lines. For more information about selecting lines, see Select a shape or other object.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline.

Drawing Tools Format tab image

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, double-click the line to make sure that you selected it.

  1. Point to Weight, and then click the line weight that you want.

To create a custom line weight, click More Lines, and then choose the options that you want.

 Note   To draw a double line, draw a single line, copy and paste a second line next to it, and then group the two lines. For more information, see Group or ungroup shapes, pictures, or other objects in PowerPoint 2007.

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Publisher

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other lines.

  1. On the Drawing toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), click Line/Border Style Button image, and then click the line weight that you want.

To create a custom weight, click More Lines, and then choose the options that you want.

 Note   To draw a double line, draw a single line, copy and paste a second line next to it, and then group the two lines. For more information, see Group and ungroup objects.

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Word

  1. Select the line that you want to change.

If you want to change multiple lines, select the first line, and then press and hold CTRL while you select the other lines. For more information about selecting lines, see Select a shape or other object.

  1. Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click the arrow next to Shape Outline.

Drawing Tools, Format tab image

If you do not see the Drawing Tools or Format tabs, double-click the line to make sure that you selected it.

  1. Point to Weight, and then click the line weight that you want.

To create a custom line weight, click More Lines, and then choose the options that you want.

 Note   To draw a double line, draw a single line, copy and paste a second line next to it, and then group the two lines. For more information, see Group or ungroup shapes, pictures, or other objects in Word 2007.

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Applies to:
Excel 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Publisher 2007, Word 2007