There are several reasons that you might need an underlined blank space in a Word document, but a common one is to create a place in a form where someone needs to sign their name, or enter some information. The underlined blank space can be achieved with the help of the underscore (hold down the Shift key on your keyboard, then press the – key next to the number 0), or by clicking the Underline formatting button and typing a space (or pressing Ctrl + U on your keyboard.)
But you may find that Word is not allowing you to underline a blank space, and you may be looking for a way to adjust that setting. Our guide below will show you where to find the setting that will allow you to underline blank spaces in your Word 2013 document.
Underlining Trailing Spaces in Word 2013
The steps in this article will change a setting in Microsoft Word 2013 so that Word will automatically draw an underline on trailing spaces when you are typing with active Underline formatting. Note that turning off this setting will remove any existing underlined trailing spaces from your document.
Here is how to underline trailing spaces in Word 2013 –
- Open Word 2013.
- Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
- Click the Options button at the bottom of the column on the left side of the window.
- Click the Advanced tab in the column at the left side of the Word Options window.
- Scroll down to the Layout options for section, then check the box to the left of Draw underline on trailing spaces. Click the OK button at the bottom of the window when you are done.
These same steps are shown below with pictures –
Step 1: Open Microsoft Word 2013.
Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
Step 3: Click Options in the column at the left side of the window. This is going to open a new window called Word Options.
Step 4: Click the Advanced tab at the left side of the Word Options window.
Step 5: Scroll to the Layout options for section, check the box to the left of Draw underline on trailing spaces, then click the OK button to apply your changes and close the window.
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