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
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 going to the AutoFormat As
You Type Settings
|Word 97-2003: Tools
AutoFormat As You Type (tab)|
|Word 2007: Office Button > Word Options >
Proofing > AutoCorrect Options (button) > AutoFormat As You Type|
|Word 2010+: File > Options > Proofing >
AutoCorrect Options (button) > AutoFormat As You Type|
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:
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