How to Add Horizontal Lines to a Word Document?


When you’re ready to have employees sign a contract, make it clear where they can put their signature. It’s as simple as selecting a line style and drawing it on the page in Microsoft Word. Horizontal lines are also useful for separating sections of your documents, such as chapters, appendices, and diagrams. You can also ensure your line is completely straight with a few keyboard clicks, regardless of how steady your hand is.

To insert a horizontal line in your text, follow these steps:

  1. Place your cursor in the document where you want the horizontal line to appear.
  2. Select Format | Borders And Shading.
  3. Click the Horizontal Line button on the Borders tab.
  4. Select the appropriate line by scrolling through the options.
  5. Click the OK button.

You may also add your own personalized horizontal lines. To insert a custom thread, do the following:

  1. Select Format | Borders And Shading.
  2. Select the Horizontal Line option.
  3. Select the Import option.
  4. To add a line to the Horizontal Line Gallery, navigate to the file that contains the line you want to add and press the Add button.
  5. To add the line to the current document, click OK.


Horizontal lines are treated like any other graphic image; they can be copied, transferred, resized, and colored in the same way as any other picture object can. To format the line, right-click it and choose Format Horizontal line to adjust its color, height, and alignment.

Use AutoFormat to Insert a Line in Word

Using the AutoFormat feature, you can easily insert a line into a Word document. To insert a line, position the cursor in the desired spot, type the three characters for the desired line style and then press Enter.

To make the various types of lines, use the following keyboard shortcuts:

  • Plain single line: Three hyphens (—)
  • Plain double line: Three equal signs (===)
  • Broken or dotted line: Three asterisks (***)
  • Bold single line: Three underline symbols (___)
  • Wavy line: Three tildes (~~~)
  • Triple line with a thick center: Three number signs (###)


Here’s what each of these line types looks like in Word:

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