How to Insert an Artistic or Decorative Horizontal Line in Word 2010

Last updated: January 10, 2017

There is a very simple way to insert basic horizontal lines in Microsoft Word 2010. You simply hold the Shift key on your keyboard, press the “_” key three times, then press Enter on your keyboard. However all this will do is insert a boring, thin horizontal line. What if you want to insert a decorative line that has some color or some style?

Well Microsoft Word also gives you the option to do this, although it might be a little more difficult to find. You can insert a line like this at any point in your Word document where you want to add a little creativity to an object whose purpose is simply breaking up paragraphs of text. Continue reading to learn how you can insert an artistic or decorative horizontal line in Microsoft Word 2010.


Adding a Decorative Horizontal Line in Word 2010

If you are convinced that this option exists, then it is probably because you have noticed it on someone else’s document. And the fact that you simply remembered seeing it is a testament to how effective a page element these artistic and decorative lines can be. Most Word documents all look very similar, so something unusual can be a large factor in getting your document to stand out. I had simply assumed that these different horizontal lines I was seeing in Word documents were being inserted as pictures, but they are a different element than that. Read the tutorial below to learn how to find and insert these decorative horizontal lines.


Step 1: Double-click the document to which you want to add a horizontal line to open the document in Word 2010.

Step 2: Click the point in your document where you want to insert the line.

Step 3: Click the Page Layout tab at the top of the window, then click the Page Borders button in the Page Background section of the navigational ribbon. Word 2010 has classified this as a page border element, which is why you need to find it on this menu.

click the page borders button on word's page layout tab


Step 4: Click the Horizontal Line button at the bottom-left corner of the window.

click the horizontal line button


Step 5: Scroll through the list of options until you find a decorative horizontal line that you like. If you were looking for a fancy squiggle line, for instance, you could find one on this menu. Click the option once to highlight it in blue, then click the OK button to insert the line into your document.

how to insert an artistic or decorative horizontal line in word 2010


Step 6: You can format the appearance of the horizontal line by right-clicking it then choosing the Format Horizontal Line option. This opens a Format Horizontal Line window that you can use to customize the size and appearance of the line.

customize your word 2010 horizontal line


The options available are surprisingly robust, so you should be able to customize the artistic horizontal line as much as you need to for your document.


Summary – How to insert a decorative line in Word 2010

  1. Click the Page Layout tab at the top of the window.
  2. Click the Page Borders button.
  3. Click the Horizontal Line button.
  4. Select your decorative line, then click the OK button.
  5. Right-click the decorative line, then click Format Horizontal Line option to make any changes.


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