Removing horizontal lines in Word
Soooo….. I typed a bunch of hyphens then hit Enter, and Word drew me a line. Fine, I wanted that. It separated what was done from what was ‘in process’. Now I want to get rid of the line.
Highlight and delete — no.
Highlight and use the border menu to choose none — no! I tried this suggestion, but without success.
I could move the line up and down, but I could not delete it. But then I could!
At this point, we can undo the line if we want to by clicking on the menu icon that comes up when Word automatically creates the line, and we could select Undo Border Line, Stop Automatically Creating Border Lines or Control AutoFormat Options. So at this point it is easy to remove the line.
But let’s say we want to keep the line for now and delete it later. We go on, typing some more text below the line. The autoformat menu icon disappears and does not come back.
Now, how can we get rid of the line? First, highlight it by keyboard or cursor.
Now, type Ctrl+Shift+n — the line goes away! Now, this is Word key binding for ‘Apply the Normal style’, which means you can get the same result by using the Styles pane or clicking Normal on the styles ribbon on the Home tab.
If the Normal style does not work, you can also try the ‘Clear All’ option at the top of the Styles pane.