How to Insert a Horizontal Line in Google Docs

There are a number of different ways that you can visually separate elements of your document, but one of my personal favorites is the horizontal line. When used sparingly it can not only look nice, but provides a clear indication that a new section of the document is starting.

You might be used to adding horizontal lines to a document in other word processing programs, but some of the methods that work in those applications won’t work in Google Docs. So continue reading below to see how you can add a horizontal line to a document in Google Docs.


How to Add a Horizontal Line to a Document in Google Docs

The steps in this article were performed in the Google Chrome version of Google Docs, but the steps should be the same in other desktop Web browsers.

Step 1: Go to your Google Drive at and open the file to which you want to add a horizontal line.


Step 2: Click in the spot in the document where you want to add the horizontal line.

select where to place the line



Step 3: Click the Insert tab at the top of the window.

how to insert line in google docs



Step 4: Select the Horizontal line option from the menu.

how to add a horizontal line in google docs



Note that the horizontal line is added to your document as a character, so you can delete it by positioning the cursor behind the horizontal line, then pressing the Backspace key on your keyboard.


There are many other objects and items that you can add to your documents, some of which aren’t visible. For example, learn how to add a page break in Google Docs if you need to start the next page of your document before Google Docs automatically does it for you. newsletter
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