Screenshot of two documents in Microsoft Word

Earlier this week, a friend posted on Facebook about the ease of inserting a line in a Microsoft Word and the difficulty of removing it.  It seems to be a headache for many people, and I am unsure why Microsoft ships Word with the default autoformatting options to make that line.  However, once it is inserted, it is easy to remove with a couple of clicks.  If you never want that line to appear again, you can set Microsoft Word to not create the lines anymore.

Remove Existing Line From A Word Document

Microsoft Word creates those lines as borders.  To remove the line:

  1. Place the cursor in the line immediately above the line.
  2. On the Home tab, click on the Border formatting menu.
  3. Click on No Border.  See the screenshot below for the click path.

Screenshot showing the Formatting Borders options in Microsoft Word


Alternatively, if you notice the line immediately after Word inserts it, you can click on the Smart Tag to see further options.  These include undoing the border line, and stopping automatic border line creation.  See the screenshot below for the Smart Tag button and its menu options.

Screenshot showing the Smart Tag in Microsoft Word

Set Word To Never Create Those Lines Again

In Word 2010 and 2007

  1. In Word 2010, click on the File menu, and choose Options.  In Word 2007, click the Office button, and choose Word Options.
  2. In the left column, click on Proofing.  Then click the Autocorrect Options button.
  3. Click on the AutoFormat As You Type tab.
  4. In the Apply as you type section, uncheck the box next to Border lines.  See the screenshot below.
  5. Click OK, and OK again, until you return to your document.

In Word 2003

  1. Go to the Tools menu, and choose AutoCorrect Options.
  2. Click the AutoFormat As You Type tab.
  3. Uncheck the box next to Border lines.
  4. Click OK until you return to your document.

Screenshot showing the clicks in Microsoft Word's AutoFormat menu



















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