How to Add a Solid Line in Word

Microsoft Word gives you a lot of tools for adding objects and formatting to your documents. Use these steps to add a solid line in Word.

How to Quickly Add a Horizontal Line in Microsoft Word

  1. Open the document in Word.
  2. Select the point where you want the solid line.
  3. Type three hyphen characters.
  4. Press Enter on your keyboard.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to add a solid line in Word, including pictures of these steps.

Microsoft Word includes a feature called “AutoFormat’ that will cause certain actions to occur when specific conditions are met.

One of these options involves adding a solid horizontal line to your document which spans the width of the page.

Our guide below will show you how to use this feature to add a solid line in Word.

Related Topic: You can add a lot of other objects to a Word document, too. Visit our how to insert square root symbol in Word guide for more information.

How to Add a Solid Horizontal Line in a Microsoft Word Document (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Microsoft Word for Office 365 version of the application.

Step 1: Open the document to which you wish to add the solid line in Microsoft Word.

Step 2: Position your cursor at the point in the document where you want the line.

choose where to add the line

Step 3: Type three hyphens (-).

add three hyphens

Step 4: Press Enter on your keyboard.

how to add a solid line in Word

You can make a thicker solid line with this method by using the underscore ( _ ) instead of the hyphen.

Now that you know how to add a horizontal line to your Word document by typing some characters on your keyboard, you might be wondering if there’s other ways to do this instead.

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Alternate Method to Add a Word Horizontal Line

Another way to add a solid line in Microsoft Word is via the Shapes tool.

You can find this by choosing the Insert tab at the top of the window, choosing the Shapes option, then clicking a line and drawing it at the desired location in the document.

how to add a solid line as a shape

Alternatively, you can add a horizontal line by selecting the Home tab, clicking the Borders dropdown arrow, then selecting the Horizontal Line option.

how to add a solid line from the Borders menu

You could also use another option on this Borders dropdown menu by selecting the paragraph above where you want the horizontal line, then choosing the Bottom Border option.