Add a line

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Add a line above or below text

  1. Select the text that you want to appear within the lines.
  2. On the Format menu, click Borders and Shading, and then click the Borders tab.
  3. Select the border style, width, and color options that you want.
  4. Under Preview, click above and/or below the text shown in the diagram.

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Insert a decorative line

This line is frequently used for Web pages, but you can insert it into a document as well.

  1. Click where you want to insert the line.
  2. On the Format menu, click Borders and Shading.
  3. Click Horizontal Line.
  4. Click the line that you want to insert.

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Draw a line

  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 AutoShapes, point to Lines, and then click the line style you want.
  2. In the document, click and drag to draw the line.
    • To constrain the line to draw at 15-degree angles from its starting point, hold down SHIFT as you drag.
    • To lengthen the line in opposite directions from the first end point, hold down CTRL as you drag.

 Tip    If you just want to draw a straight line, click Line Button image on the Drawing toolbar.

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Applies to:
Word 2003