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Weird Lines and Borders in Microsoft Word

 

That weird line that appears magically . . . How can I get rid of it?

Q: I typed a 3-inch underscore for a signature line and when I hit Enter it turned into a dark line going clear across the page!

I can't delete it and don't know what is going on!

A: You've run into AutoFormat as you type (same thing that capitalizes new sentences). When this happens, if you hit Undo (Ctrl+Z) or backspace, the change will go away. If you simply press the space bar once before you hit Enter, AutoFormat won't do anything to change it. What it is doing is applying a border to your paragraph.

If it is too late to "undo," go to the paragraph before the line and

Format => Borders and Shading

Click the box on the left for "None"

Make sure it says it is being applied to the paragraph.

Click the OK button.

Type your underscore again and this time press the space bar before you hit Enter.

You can turn this feature off by

Tools => Autocorrect => AutoFormat As You Type (tab)

uncheck "Borders"

Click the OK button

Now that you know what is going on, though, you may want to leave this checked and experiment with different characters:

  _____ ----- ======== ++++++ ***** ~~~~~.

Here are my option settings in Word 2003 and Word 2010:

   

See also Troublesome Lines and There is a line in my document that I can't delete because I can't select it. How did it get there, and what can I do about it?

 

The bottom page border doesn't print.

http://www.word.mvps.org/FAQs/General/BottomsDontPrint.htm

Why Don't My Table Borders Print? (gridlines)

Run for the Border - Using Borders in Microsoft Word


Using Date Fields in Microsoft Word
Calculated Dates
Booklet Formatting and Printing in Microsoft Word
Changing the Default Font in Microsoft Word
Document linked to Printer in Microsoft Word
Fonts Missing from Menu in Microsoft Word
How can I get a different header / footer on the second page?
More on Headers and Footers in Word
Letterhead
Weird Lines and Borders
Macros and VBA
Master Documents Feature in Microsoft Word
Moving (Sharing) Customizations in Microsoft Word
Global StyleSheet?
MVP means?
Naming Files - A System is the Key
Posting tips in the Microsoft Word Forums
Getting rid of that (*)#"@^ paperclip! - Taming the Office Assistant
Page X of Y doesn't work in Microsoft Word!
Save Changes to the Global Template? Keeps Popping Up
Templates in Microsoft Word
Global Templates
Too Many Icons on the Taskbar in Microsoft Word 2000
Getting Rid of the Web Toolbar in Microsoft Word
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Using Date Fields in Microsoft Word
Calculated Dates
Booklet Formatting and Printing in Microsoft Word
Changing the Default Font in Microsoft Word
Document linked to Printer in Microsoft Word
Fonts Missing from Menu in Microsoft Word
How can I get a different header / footer on the second page?
More on Headers and Footers in Word
Letterhead
Weird Lines and Borders
Macros and VBA
Master Documents Feature in Microsoft Word
Moving (Sharing) Customizations in Microsoft Word
Global StyleSheet?
MVP means?
Naming Files - A System is the Key
Posting tips in the Microsoft Word Forums
Getting rid of that (*)#"@^ paperclip! - Taming the Office Assistant
Page X of Y doesn't work in Microsoft Word!
Save Changes to the Global Template? Keeps Popping Up
Templates in Microsoft Word
Global Templates
Too Many Icons on the Taskbar in Microsoft Word 2000
Getting Rid of the Web Toolbar in Microsoft Word
Word for Word Perfect Users
Favorite Documents Menu
Work Menu in Microsoft Word
Templates Menu in Microsoft Word
What books have been recommended about Microsoft Word?
Where can I find more templates?
Word Links

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