How to Delete Horizontal Lines in Microsoft Word That Won’t Go Away

– Delete Horizontal Lines in Microsoft Word –

Delete Horizontal Lines in Microsoft Word: Word, by default, takes some liberties with what you type. One such liberty is the adding of borders to paragraphs based on what you type. For instance, if you type three underlines on a new line, and then press Enter, you get a solid line that extends the width of your document.

Delete Horizontal Lines in Microsoft Word

This is not the only three characters that result in this type of replacement—characters for lines—but if you don’t know the source of the line, it can be frustrating.


How to Delete Bottom Border

If you’ve ever had a problem deleting a horizontal line in Microsoft Word, this post is for you. The answer is a trick, as the horizontal line is not a line (or a graphic), it’s a bottom border.


  • In-Office 2013 go to the Design tab and look to the far right for the Page Borders button.
  • Within the borders settings, click on the leftmost tab titled Borders (not Page Border)
  • select the top-left option of None.

That will delete the border (horizontal line) from the area in question.


  • Place the cursor immediately above the horizontal line.
  • On the Home tab in Word or the Format Text tab in Outlook, in the Paragraph group, click the arrow next to the Borders and Shading button
  • and click No Border.

Consequences of Getting Rid of Borders Created by AutoFormat

There is something to remember when getting rid of borders created by AutoFormat: They can affect multiple paragraphs.

For instance, consider the following scenario, which you can try in a document:

  • On a blank line, enter three underlines and press Enter. Word converts them to a border underneath the paragraph.
  • Press the Up Arrow once. This should place the insertion point at the beginning of the paragraph that now has the underline.
  • Press Enter two times. It appears as if you have moved the underline down two lines since the insertion point is still at the beginning of the paragraph that has the underline.
  • Press Ctrl+Q. The underline appears to not go away but jumps up a line.

Delete Horizontal Lines in Microsoft Word


To get rid of the border on all the paragraphs, you need to select all the paragraphs and press Ctrl+Q.

If you don’t want to do this (perhaps you don’t want to remove some other explicit paragraph formatting you have), you can follow these steps:

Select all the paragraphs in your document by pressing Ctrl+A.

Choose Borders and Shading from the Format menu. Word displays the Borders and Shading dialog box.

Make sure the Borders tab is selected. (See Figure 2.)

Click on the None setting.

Click on OK.

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