Office & Productivity Software forum

General discussion

Mysterious straight lines in WORD that won't delete

by signalnorth / September 21, 2006 6:11 PM PDT

I have a certain WORD document which within it has two or three lines across the page at various points . I can't delete these in the normal way for some reason (Indeed I don't know how they got into the document either)

Is there a way of revealing the formatting for the document so I can see what they are?

All help appreciated as it's driving me nuts!

Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Mysterious straight lines in WORD that won't delete
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Mysterious straight lines in WORD that won't delete
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
by entrecon / September 21, 2006 6:20 PM PDT

Taking a guess here...

select the area where there is a line go to Tools>borders and shading then click on None and click on OK.

My guess is that if you typed in four or five underscore characters in a row and you got an autocorrect of a paragraph border.

Collapse -
by signalnorth / September 21, 2006 6:45 PM PDT
In reply to: Borders?

That suggestions worked spot-on. Thank you!

Collapse -
Thank you very much
by aksd_india / May 17, 2012 9:56 PM PDT
In reply to: Borders?

I had the same problem : unable to delete the horizontal straight line which i typed from underscore characters. Your suggestion solved my problem and i learned it. Thank you Sir.

Collapse -
How are you viewing the page?
by ChuckT / September 21, 2006 7:22 PM PDT

If you are viewing the page in Normal View, the lines across the page may just be the automatic page breaks, or even Section Breaks.

For me, I see very little use of the ''Normal'' View. To me, Normal would be the way the page is going to print. That is the view if you change the view to Print Layout View. And Print Layout View is the view I almost always prefer and use. (On occasion I may switch the view to one of the others, but not too often.)

As for getting lines, sort of like fancy underlines, across the page, there are six sets of ''underlines'' that can be set by entering ONLY three of the same repeated characters on the line after the text you want ''underlined''.
(Note: it actually it is a Text bottom border applied to that line. There are a couple dozen different types of borders you can select, but six of them you ''can type'' to have it applied to the bottom of the text line.)

The six characters are Underline (_), Pound (#), Dash (-), Asterisk (*), Tilde (~), and Equals (=).

Try this after typing in some text, press the Enter key to get a new line, than type 3 Pound signs (###), NOTHING ELSE, and then press the Enter key again. You will see the 3 #'s go away, and the previous text will now have a relatively heavy multi-lined underline going across the full text area of the page.

After you see what happens with the 3 #'s, try it again with 3 identical previously named characters. (Hint: I remember those 6 characters from the acronym that spell U P D A T E.)

Anyway, enough fun.
So, if that sort of underline how do you remove it?
Simple, just select the line that has the ''underline" attached to it, and select the command Format>Borders and Shading, Borders, Setting: None then click the [OK] button.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


Having Wi-Fi troubles?

From the garage to the basement, we blanketed every square inch of the CNET Smart Home with fast, reliable Wi-Fi.