How to quickly insert horizontal lines in Word documents

When you want to quickly insert a horizontal line into your Word document, you don’t have to type the line manually or even go to the menu looking for a ‘Insert horizontal line’ button.

All you have to do is type three characters on your keyboard and hit enter, and a horizontal line will appear. There are 6 different horizontal lines that you can create.

 

— (3 dashes) and Enter – This will give you a simple straight line.

___ (3 underscores) and Enter – This will give you a thicker, almost double layer horizontal line.

### (3 hashes) and Enter – This will give you a thick line with two thin ones surrounding it.

*** (3 asterisk) and Enter – This will give you a dotted horizontal line.

=== (3 equals signs) and Enter – This will give you a double line.

~~~ (3 tildes) and Enter – This will give you a zig zag horizontal line.

 

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The line is inserted for the full width of the page. When inserted into a column, the line is inserted to match the width of the column. These lines can be useful as dividers in memos and reports.

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