When creating a document, borders assist in giving documents a professional edge as they clearly define the organization pattern. Word offers a handy option for inserting an automatic border before or after a paragraph. Type three hyphens on a blank line and press Enter. If the option is enabled, Word will replace the hyphens with a horizontal line. To remove the line, press Ctrl Z after Word inserts it.
NOTE: If you try to select the border and delete it, you’ll find yourself unsuccessful. The border is not a line object. Word has applied the Bottom Border format to the paragraph.
To remove a border in Word 2003, click anywhere in the paragraph and choose No Border from the Borders drop-down list on the Formatting menu. In Word 2007/2010, click anywhere in the paragraph, click the Border button in the Paragraph group of the Home tab, and select No Border.
- Three hyphens (-) will create a solid line.
- Three equal signs (=) will create a double line.
- Three underscore characters (_) will create a 1.5-point line.
- Three asterisks (*) will create a dotted line.
- Three pound signs (#) will produce a “thin thick thin” line.
- Three tilde characters (~) will create a wavy line.