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Inserting horizontal lines

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Video: Inserting horizontal lines

When you need a horizontal line in your document, also called a horizontal rule, there are five different ways of doing it depending on the look you want to achieve. The first way is one of my favorite Word secrets. Scroll down to the bottom of Page 2, all I have to do is type three characters in a row and press Enter and Word's Auto-format will cause a line to appear across the page. If I type three dashes (---) and hit Enter, I will get a solid line. If I do three underscores (___) and hit Enter, I will get a thick line.

Inserting horizontal lines

When you need a horizontal line in your document, also called a horizontal rule, there are five different ways of doing it depending on the look you want to achieve. The first way is one of my favorite Word secrets. Scroll down to the bottom of Page 2, all I have to do is type three characters in a row and press Enter and Word's Auto-format will cause a line to appear across the page. If I type three dashes (---) and hit Enter, I will get a solid line. If I do three underscores (___) and hit Enter, I will get a thick line.

(===), Enter will give me a double line. (###) gives me a thin, thick, thin line. (***), gives me a dotted line, and (~~~), gives me a wavy line. The tilde is Shift and the key just to the left of the one. Next, let's take a look at how to do Bottom Borders. Go down the Page 3 and highlight the Section 1: Introduction. I can come up to my Bottom Border button and simply click on it and I will get a thin Bottom Border.

If I drop it down and choose Borders and Shading at the bottom of the menu, I can choose additional Styles and pick a Color and then a weight for how thick the line is. Not all of them will have the thickness, but most of them will, and then I will click on the Preview and click OK. Let's go down to the bottom of the document. I will Press Ctrl+End to jump right down and I hit Enter an extra time. Our next technique is going to use Word's built-in Clip gallery, which contains dozens of images that act as lines.

This will give in an artful look. Go to the Insert tab and then click on the Clip Art gallery and it will open up on the right-hand side. Do a search for the lines and hit Enter or click Go. If you have an Internet connection, be sure to have a checkmark in front of Include Office.com Content. So here you have of dozens of lines that are actually images. I am going to choose this one that has kind of red squiggle and then a house. It's about a quarter of the way down. Most of the time the line is a lot more interesting than it looks in the preview.

Once you insert one of these lines if it doesn't stretch all away across the page, you can use the Resize handle to make it either as long or as thick as you'd like. Now note that because they are images if you make it too big, it could be a little bit fuzzy. But for our purposes this one is just fine. Once you insert Clip Art as a line, you have a Picture Tools ribbon and you can adjust any of the special effects to make it look like you want it to look; Borders, Effects, anything at all, and I will click off to finish.

Our last technique is to use Shapes to make lines. Go back up to the Insert tab and then click on the Shapes button. There is a whole gallery here of different kinds of Lines; straight lines, with or without arrows, line for the angles, lines with curves. Go ahead and pick any one that you want. I am going to go ahead and do a Double Arrow, then I will click on it. Now click where you want to start and you drag it where you want it to end. But here a nice trick, if you hold down the Shift key, it will ensure that your line is perfectly horizontal and then just as before you can use the dots to change the length of the line and you can use any of the drawing tools to affect what it looks like.

If you choose a line that has a curve or a bend, it will also have adjustment diamonds to refine the angles. So these five methods of inserting horizontal rules into your document will ensure that you have the perfect line style to match the look and feel of your document's content.

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  1. 1m 39s
    1. Welcome
      51s
    2. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 44m 45s
    1. Selecting text for formatting
      7m 0s
    2. Mastering the Navigation pane
      3m 53s
    3. Using the Reveal Formatting pane
      4m 47s
    4. Clearing formatting
      1m 38s
    5. Adjusting paragraph spacing
      4m 58s
    6. Setting tabs using the ruler
      5m 59s
    7. Inserting horizontal lines
      3m 39s
    8. Using AutoCorrect to create abbreviations
      2m 12s
    9. Working with the text wrap features
      4m 58s
    10. Setting defaults for new documents
      5m 41s
  3. 4m 59s
    1. Opening recent files
      3m 2s
    2. Changing the AutoRecover settings
      1m 6s
    3. Changing the default saving location
      51s
  4. 6m 23s
    1. Using KeyTips to select Ribbon commands
      3m 18s
    2. Using keyboard shortcuts and function keys
      3m 5s
  5. 6m 48s
    1. Splitting the screen
      2m 12s
    2. Navigating with Browse by Object
      2m 35s
    3. Using the Go To tab in the Find and Replace dialog
      2m 1s
  6. 25m 50s
    1. Inserting random boilerplate text
      44s
    2. Selecting paste options
      4m 2s
    3. Inserting today's date
      2m 41s
    4. Using Click and Type
      45s
    5. Using Overtype mode
      2m 4s
    6. Cutting to the Spike
      2m 48s
    7. Using advanced Find and Replace techniques
      8m 0s
    8. Editing the dictionary
      2m 53s
    9. Refining grammar options
      1m 53s
  7. 38m 22s
    1. Marking inconsistent formatting
      1m 22s
    2. Applying theme colors vs. standard colors
      3m 30s
    3. Hiding text
      1m 56s
    4. Inserting symbols and special characters
      6m 3s
    5. Working with AutoFormat
      4m 36s
    6. Typing symbols with AutoCorrect
      1m 30s
    7. Inserting nonbreaking spaces
      1m 16s
    8. Inserting diacritical marks
      2m 38s
    9. Creating drop caps
      1m 31s
    10. Inserting and removing hyperlinks
      5m 33s
    11. Refining OpenType text features
      4m 5s
    12. Replicating font formatting
      4m 22s
  8. 20m 33s
    1. Adding first-line indents
      3m 23s
    2. Controlling line and page breaks
      5m 59s
    3. Mastering columns
      5m 21s
    4. Inserting line numbering
      3m 7s
    5. Vertically centering a cover page
      2m 43s
  9. 10m 15s
    1. Modifying a heading style to include a page break
      2m 21s
    2. Using multi-level numbering in heading styles
      3m 15s
    3. Saving style modifications for future use
      3m 5s
    4. Assigning a keyboard shortcut to a style
      1m 34s
  10. 9m 24s
    1. Adding captions to tables, figures, and charts
      3m 28s
    2. Using advanced table features
      5m 56s
  11. 20m 29s
    1. Using a drawing canvas
      2m 50s
    2. Creating transparent colors and removing backgrounds
      4m 1s
    3. Editing clip art
      3m 5s
    4. Cropping a picture with a shape
      2m 24s
    5. Aligning, distributing, and grouping graphics
      3m 24s
    6. Compressing images
      4m 45s
  12. 5m 16s
    1. Inserting text from a file
      1m 4s
    2. Linking Excel objects
      4m 12s
  13. 32m 13s
    1. Setting up odd and even pages
      2m 27s
    2. Formatting page numbering for different document sections
      4m 16s
    3. Inserting bookmarks
      3m 6s
    4. Inserting cross-references
      4m 14s
    5. Customizing a table of contents
      4m 21s
    6. Creating citations and a bibliography
      4m 18s
    7. Using a style reference in a header
      3m 41s
    8. Mastering Outline view
      5m 50s
  14. 12m 48s
    1. Saving ink and paper when printing
      3m 46s
    2. Printing a booklet
      2m 28s
    3. Printing document metadata
      1m 8s
    4. Updating fields before printing
      3m 27s
    5. Embedding fonts in the file
      1m 59s
  15. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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