How to Delete Horizontal Lines in Microsoft Word That Won't Go Away – MUO – MakeUseOf

Horizontal lines in Microsoft Word don’t count as characters, so getting rid of them can be challenging—unless you use this tip!
If you want to split up a Microsoft Word document with simple dividers for readability, all you have to do is type three hyphens and press Enter for a long horizontal line to appear.
However, once it's there, getting rid of it can prove challenging. You'd think using the Delete or Backspace keys would work, but they don't—you seem to be stuck with that line. Don't worry, though. Here's how to remove a line in Microsoft Word.
While you can't use the Backspace or Delete keys to get rid of it, you can still delete that line:
You might not want Word to automatically create a horizontal line when you type three dashes. If that's the case, here's how to disable that feature:
If you want an alternative method to insert a horizontal line in Word, and one that is more obvious to delete, here's how:
If you ever need to remove the line, all you need to do is click on it and press the Delete or Backspace key.
There are numerous ways to insert lines into Microsoft Word, so be sure to check them all out.
Now you know how easy it is to remove a horizontal line in Word. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the great hidden features of Microsoft Word; it has plenty of advanced tools just waiting to be discovered, so don't be afraid to experiment.
Joe is a Deputy Editor at MUO. He has a Business degree and over a decade of professional writing and editing experience.


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