How to Delete Horizontal Lines in Microsoft Word That Won’t Go Away
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If you’re writing up a long report in Microsoft Word and want to use simple dividers to split up the various sections for readability, all you have to do is type three hyphens and hit Enter for a long horizontal line to magically appear.

But once it’s there, getting rid of it can prove challenging. You’d think using the Delete or Backspace keys would work, but that only works if you delete right after hitting Enter. Otherwise, you’re stuck with that line.

How to Delete Horizontal Lines in Microsoft Word

While you can’t use the Backspace key to get rid of it, you can still nix that line if you choose to:

  1. Place your cursor directly above the line.
  2. In the Home tab, find the Paragraph section.
  3. Click the dropdown arrow next to the Borders icon and select No border.

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You can see this process in action in the video below:

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  1. ahmedg
    October 17, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    THank you!!!!

  2. Fola
    February 22, 2018 at 4:59 am

    This is a life saving article Nancy. Thanks

  3. Ali Bilal
    February 21, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    An alternative it is simply select a line above it and hit no space from styles

  4. BeedleTheBard
    February 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    So this is all we need to do. Really helpful article! Thank you for sharing.