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Adding a full horizontal line across the page in Word 2010 RRS feed

  • Question

  • So I want to create a horizontal line that runs completely across my document in Word 2010.  I know about the "-----" shortcut as well as the horizontal line option within the page borders dialog box. However when I use these options, I get a line that is only about 2.5 inches in length on the page. I am figuring it's a formatting issue but I'm not really sure where to start. Any ideas?

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013 3:02 PM

Answers

  • Hi Jeff,

    You should be able to apply a paragraph border, this assumes that your paragraph is not set to be only 2.5" wide.

    Border setting are applied using the Borders and Shading dialog. You can access it from the Paragraph group on the Home tab of the Ribbon; it's under the last button on the bottom row right. Look down the menu for Borders and Shading.

    You want to be on the Borders tab of the dialog, have the Apply To box set to Paragraph, and select a Style of Line that you want. Then click it the preview box for where you want the border line to appear... top or bottom. If you make a mistake just click the line again and it is removed.

    If you want this border line to extend into the margins... then look into Stefan's suggestion about left and right indents.


    Kind Regards, Rich ... http://greatcirclelearning.com

    • Marked as answer by Max Meng Sunday, June 9, 2013 12:31 PM
    Tuesday, June 4, 2013 11:56 PM

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  • You can have top and bottom paragraph borders extend beyond the margins if you add a negative left and right indent. Would that help?

    Alternatively, add a line via Insert tab | Shapes.
    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP
    Tuesday, June 4, 2013 5:02 PM
  • Hi Jeff,

    You should be able to apply a paragraph border, this assumes that your paragraph is not set to be only 2.5" wide.

    Border setting are applied using the Borders and Shading dialog. You can access it from the Paragraph group on the Home tab of the Ribbon; it's under the last button on the bottom row right. Look down the menu for Borders and Shading.

    You want to be on the Borders tab of the dialog, have the Apply To box set to Paragraph, and select a Style of Line that you want. Then click it the preview box for where you want the border line to appear... top or bottom. If you make a mistake just click the line again and it is removed.

    If you want this border line to extend into the margins... then look into Stefan's suggestion about left and right indents.


    Kind Regards, Rich ... http://greatcirclelearning.com

    • Marked as answer by Max Meng Sunday, June 9, 2013 12:31 PM
    Tuesday, June 4, 2013 11:56 PM