February 10, 2016

Removing the HR Line from Word

It was an annoying bugger that I couldn’t figure out – I was having a problem removing what I thought was the horizontal rule <hr> tag from Microsoft Word. Try as I would… I couldn’t get it to go away; I couldn’t delete it with the delete key nor the backspace key, I couldn’t select it with the cursor… it was driving me mad.

The Problem:

I was using some auto-correct (actually auto-format) feature of Microsoft Word that I really didn’t understand, I would type three underscores (_) and then hit the enter key – the ensuing output seemed to be a horizontal rule.

I’ve come to find out that this auto-format feature actually creates a border for the document, not just a mere horizontal line. I have also come to find out that the instant horizontal line (border) will show up if you use 3 hyphens (-), 3 tildes (~), 3 pound signs (#) or 3 equal signs (=) in a row followed by the enter key. At the time, I was just trying to get rid of it.

The Fix

In earlier versions of Word (maybe 2003 or earlier), several websites state that you must:

  1. Place your cursor right above the horizontal line
  2. From your menu choose Format >> Borders and Shading >> None >> Ok

I personally have Word 2007 – and it’s not quite the same… so I cannot verify that the above is 100% correct – but I would imagine it’s spot-on.

Here’s how to do this when you have Microsoft Office Word 2007 (or Word 2007) screenshots:

  1. Place your cursor directly above the offending line
  2. From your menu, choose Page Layout
  3. Once you click on Page Layout, click on Page Borders
  4. Choose the Borders Tab, in the upper left select None, then hit Ok
  5. The line should disappear

How to turn off the auto-format feature for borders
If you’ve accidentally created one of these horizontal lines, you can fix it so that this mistake doesn’t happen again. I’ve created screenshots of how to shut this auto-format feature off.

Step 1
Click on the lightning-bolt box near the newly created horizontal line:

Select Box to modify Autoformatting for Word - Image

Step 2
Choose “Control AutoFormat Options”:

Changing Word Autoformatting Options - Image

Step 3
Untick the “Border Lines” checkbox:

Uncheck Border Lines Selection - Image

Hit “OK” – you’re done!

Remove the horizontal line in Word 2007 screenshots
These screenshots follow the steps above..

Step 1
Place your cursor directly above the problematic line:
Cursor above horizontal line - Image

Step 2
Choose “Page Layout” from your menu:
Choose Page Layout - Image

Step 3
Choose the “Page Borders” sub-heading under Page Layout:
Choose Page Borders sub-heading - Image /><br />
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Step 4
Select the “Borders” tab:
Select Borders Tab - Image

Step 5
Under “setting”, select “None”:
Click on None Option - Image

Hit “OK” – You’re done!

I hope that this little tutorial has helped some of you – I know that this problem was quite a pain for me… and using the above steps is how I fixed it.

Update May, 2009

This “removing the line from MS word” tutorial has been viewed 10s of thousands of times since I wrote it last year, and it has helped hundreds at least, I’m assuming, to fix what appears to be a very common problem for Word users. Based on the enormous amount of traffic this page receives, a lot of people struggle with this nagging line/border/table thing.

Now, I ask nothing in return — this is here for you to benefit from. However, if you would like to visit Amazon.com and purchase something via this link – I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to it. :)

If this tutorial helped you out, feel free to leave a comment, and thanks for stopping by.

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500 Responses to “Removing the HR Line from Word”

  1. Sam on May 9th, 2008

    Thank you so much for that tip! I was so annoyed by that stupid line!

  2. LeAna on May 29th, 2008

    I have the ‘horizontal line’ problem in using Word 2007 in compatibility mode – but neither the suggestion for Word 97 or 2007 works for me. My line happens to be in a cell within a table – just to complicate matters, so when I try your suggestion – all the borders of my table disappear but my unwanted line is still there – bold as ever. Any suggestions?

  3. unruled on June 26th, 2008

    thanks, I needed that tip! it had been driving me nuts!

  4. John on June 30th, 2008

    Thank you so much for sharing the info, that line was driving me crazy

  5. majid on July 2nd, 2008

    Thanks… I was really helpful for me while spending a lot of time with this stupid Microsoft word :)

  6. justie on July 6th, 2008


  7. CG on July 10th, 2008

    I love you

  8. james on July 23rd, 2008

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! I spent hours trying to figure out that stupid line in microsoft word!

  9. mwgrigs on July 30th, 2008

    Thanks a bunch! That line was driving me nuts and ended up retyping half a page into another document. I also highlighted the offending row and clicking the [Borders] button from the [Paragraph] group on the [Home] tab and selecting [None]. That might do the trick for lines showing up inside of tables–have not proven it though. Thanks again!

  10. Eva on August 7th, 2008

    Thank you. Very helpful.

  11. Beth on August 10th, 2008

    This fix of clicking “none” on the borders and shading menu worked for a few of the lines on my Word document, however, now it just seems to be shifting the line up one line of text higher. For some reason, I also appear to have a line at the bottom of most of my pages. Any suggestions for permanently remove these lines from my document?

  12. robin on August 13th, 2008

    thanks. It was also driving me nuts. It isn’t very practical and easy to remove a simple line…

  13. Jacki on August 22nd, 2008

    Thank you! That was driving me nuts.

  14. dmizer on September 19th, 2008

    Thanks for this.

  15. thej on September 25th, 2008

    This is excellent information!!!
    However, Microsoft (Word especially) has ways of challenging users in new ways.
    This sticky line has somehow entered the footer section. Any suggestions on how to get rid of that?

  16. Rob (5 comments.) on September 26th, 2008

    I have Word 2007 and I’m not quite sure what type of line you have in your footer, but you can try this:

    Double click in the footer area of your Word document. When the footer “opens”, on the menu bar area above, you’ll see ‘header’ and ‘footer’ to the left. Click on ‘footer’, then look at the bottom when the new window pops up and click on ‘remove footer’.

    At this point, you can either add a different footer or just click somewhere within the body of the document to close the footer editor.

    If this doesn’t work for you, I’m not sure what else to suggest. I use Word every single day, but like a lot of other people – I have to rely on search engines to find the answers to my problems for these quirks… I’m glad you found the post on my site helpful, though.

  17. tasha on October 1st, 2008

    thank you sooo much!! i had started writing a story, and these stupid little things kept popping up all over the place. Now I can correct it all to look like it makes sense!

  18. Tara on October 2nd, 2008

    Didn’t work for me. Not sure what kind of line mine is, but Word won’t even let me put my curser right above it. Any suggestions?

  19. Yanssel Delgado on October 2nd, 2008

    Thank you so very much!!!!! I was about to take a hammer to my monitor here. I couldn’t take it anymore. What an annoying thing to see those lines and not be able to erase them. Thank you once again.

  20. Word user on October 26th, 2008

    Yeap, thanks for the tip, just had an annoying line removed !

  21. SS on October 28th, 2008

    That was driving me crazy, thank you so much!

  22. Jen on November 4th, 2008

    Not working for me either, and my stupid lines are made up of a bunch of little squares.

  23. Lena on November 9th, 2008

    Three words. I love you :) . You made me so happy! Oh my god, I’d really hot tempered and that thing was driving me crazy. Thanks a ton!

  24. Garrett on November 9th, 2008

    Thanks a bunch! This has been a pain in my butt for awhile now! Figured it was something stupid like this too!

  25. Jib on November 24th, 2008

    Thank you guy! 5 more minutes trying to figure out how to remove this stupid line and I thought I would be able to thow my computer out of the window! =D

  26. Kjetil on November 25th, 2008

    Thank you very much. It was driving me insane.

  27. o on November 26th, 2008

    Thanks so much!!!

  28. Cat on November 30th, 2008

    You saved my life!

  29. blew on December 7th, 2008

    Great tip! I had to put cursor BELOW the line to make it work, but then it did.

  30. Jennifer on December 22nd, 2008

    Thought I was going crazy — some of these tips worked for me, some didn’t. Some made my line just dance around the page. What ultimately worked for me was selecting the line and a paragraph of text, then selecting the Borders button from the Paragraph section in the Home ribbon and then selecting ‘No Borders.’

    Now I plan to ban the use of horizontal lines in the office.

  31. Susan Kridler (1 comments.) on December 23rd, 2008

    THANK YOU! I sure could not find anything in Word help about this problem. What a relief!

  32. Frank on January 3rd, 2009

    Great tip!
    Thanks so much

  33. AB on January 6th, 2009


  34. Ben on January 8th, 2009

    Those lines have been annoying me for ages. Thank you so much.

  35. ohm on January 10th, 2009

    THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU. That’s a problem for me for a year!!!!

  36. Dory on January 23rd, 2009

    THANKS SO MUCH omigosh i thought i’d never get rid of offending lines! you rock my socks! facebook me!

  37. Jose D. Montero on January 23rd, 2009

    Thanks a lot for sharing the solution!! This bug is really annoying.

  38. Luiza on January 29th, 2009

    THANK you so so so so much. This thing was driving me insane. Only your “put the cursor above the line” tip could save me. Word 2007 is a pain.

    Again, thank you!

  39. John on February 3rd, 2009

    Muchas gracias

  40. Thanks on February 22nd, 2009

    Thank you very much. Office 2007 sucks!

  41. Pissed Off on February 23rd, 2009

    Huge thanks! I was getting really aggravated!

  42. James on February 25th, 2009

    Many thanks!! I just get done with my paper and then there’s a line I can’t delete. I’ve been up all night working on my paper and now a little line thinks it can stop me from finishing???


    Thanks again!! :)

  43. kara on February 25th, 2009

    thank you thank you thank!!!! i spent hours trying to figure this out!!!!!!

  44. Jacki on February 27th, 2009

    THANK YOU!!! Word is soooo eeeevillllll.

  45. Marc on March 5th, 2009

    Thank you!!!

  46. Sared on March 16th, 2009

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

  47. Dean on March 18th, 2009

    fantastic – great help thanks…

  48. Jenny on March 18th, 2009

    Thank you so much, i’m the one who spent time around one hour to remove this line..

  49. Donna(new comment) on March 20th, 2009

    Thanks you so much. I have sat here all day fussing with the silly lines. Word 2007 is not user friendly.

  50. Radek(new comment) on March 22nd, 2009

    Whoever put this info together, You are the best! Thanks very much!!!

  51. Lost Soul(new comment) on March 23rd, 2009

    Thanks a lot mate, saved me heaps

  52. Victoria(new comment) on April 5th, 2009

    OMIGOD! I can’t believe I finally found the answer to this. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I have a manuscript I’m trying to get ready to submit and when I edited anything, and wanted to remove one it wouldn’t go away. Stray ones were lurking everywhere! It’ll be a pain in the butt to remove them all this way but at least it works!!!

    Thanks again!


  53. John Hallaway(new comment) on April 19th, 2009

    Thankyou!!! How I wish I’d never “upgraded” to 2007.

  54. Isaiah(new comment) on April 21st, 2009

    Thank you so much. This also works for Word 2008 for Mac. Very similar procedure.

    1-Place the cursor before the Border Line.
    2-Select Format –> Borders and Shading …
    3-In pop-up window select Borders button, and then select the None icon, as pictured on this website.

  55. Natalie(new comment) on April 27th, 2009

    You’re the messiah

  56. Lia(new comment) on April 27th, 2009

    Thank you so much! I had random lines all over my dissertation that’s due in today and none of the other guides how to tell you to get rid of it in Word 2007.

  57. Stephan(new comment) on May 13th, 2009

    Many many thanks. This has been driving me insane for quite a while now. Thanks!

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  59. Chris(new comment) on May 18th, 2009

    Thank you so much. You saved me a great amount of time. I appreciate your clear writing style and the screenshots. Perfect!

  60. jason(new comment) on May 24th, 2009

    Thanks a lot for this tip…:)

  61. t bone(new comment) on June 8th, 2009

    oh god, finally, FINALLY, i managed to get rid of the horizontal line. Thanks to you.

    I chose built-in features of 2007 to enter footer with page number but did not want the stupid ass line in certain sections.

    You are genious, my friend. Gold star for you!

  62. Ken(new comment) on June 11th, 2009

    I love you.

    Do you have any idea the amount of hours I could have back in my life – had I known this in 2000?

  63. Jonathan(new comment) on June 12th, 2009

    You are a lifesaver thank you.

    I am currently working on an extremely important document and this ‘line/border’ had brought me close to breaking point.

    I wil certainly make a purchase from Amazon via your link.

    Write a book – it will sell millions!

  64. fred(new comment) on June 19th, 2009

    Bless your beautiful brain…. Thanks for posting.

  65. Adrian(new comment) on July 3rd, 2009

    Thank you.

    Worked like a dream.

  66. Dr.P(new comment) on July 23rd, 2009

    No help at all. The line is IN the header – and i cannot get it to go away

  67. manjhunath(new comment) on July 31st, 2009

    thank you guys… . ur postings really helped to solve the problem which was driving me nuts…. gr888 … keep going….

  68. Alan Gilbertson from Good Looking Documents(new comment) on August 4th, 2009

    The very quick and simple way to handle ANY Auto-correct or Auto-format change you didn’t want is to use Control-Z (Command-Z on the Mac) as soon as it happens. Rules change back into dashes, capitalizations you didn’t want revert to the way you typed them, magic numbered lists that format themselves when you hit “Enter,” smiley characters when you wanted the plain :-) … They all switch back with Control-Z. Edit < Undo also works, but why waste the time. :-)

    Asa designer, I spend a fair amount of time helping people create good looking Word docs: not the keystroke by keystroke tutorials, but the things that make a document look good or look amateur. Microsoft spent a lot of time putting these automated features into Office, but no time at all on when and why you should use them (or not!). So I decided to fill the gap.

  69. DHM(new comment) on August 6th, 2009

    I was at my wit’s end! Thank you so much for this site! I tried to copy and transfer my text to another document, but the line would follow.

    I do make purchases on Amazon and I will go through your site to make them.

    Again, a million thanks!

  70. ad(new comment) on August 10th, 2009

    thank you soooooooooo much! especially for providing 2007 instructions too!

  71. max kleemann(new comment) on August 10th, 2009

    A million thanks!

  72. Michael Dolby(new comment) on August 15th, 2009

    Oh my god … I didn’t know how many people had the same problem like me.
    Despite some very annoying things like the stubborn line, I’m a big fan of Word 2007.
    Thanks to inowebmarketing.com we all found the solution within 1 minute instead of spending hours of digging through tons of info first.

    Thank you !!

  73. Oh so pleased(new comment) on August 18th, 2009

    Thank you so very, very much.

  74. mebo(new comment) on August 20th, 2009

    Oh, yeah. That works. So simple, yet so dumb. Thanks for the help.

  75. Suzi(new comment) on August 24th, 2009

    You SO ROCK!!!

  76. Macca(new comment) on August 30th, 2009

    Made my day! thanks mate!

  77. Mark(new comment) on September 1st, 2009

    Thank you so much. This was driving me completely crazy.

  78. Geoffrey Long(new comment) on September 13th, 2009

    Thank you so much
    I had a dealine to make and had ths annoying line
    Your explananation was very clear and worked!

    Thanks a lot again

  79. Ira(new comment) on September 14th, 2009

    Great tip…that line was so annoying…it was easy to fix this that I’m quite embarrassed I couldn’t figure it out…Thanks!

  80. Eric(new comment) on September 15th, 2009

    Thank you so very much for the detailed guide. Excellent job.

  81. Chris(new comment) on September 15th, 2009

    Awesome, this is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for improving the Internet’s SNR. Good Work

  82. KingKong(new comment) on September 16th, 2009

    Man u Rock.. thanks..saved my life

  83. bjawnie(new comment) on September 18th, 2009

    Hi, thanks a ton for the tip. This is more of a MS bug than it is a feature.

  84. Lisa(new comment) on September 23rd, 2009

    Thanks so much for showing me how to get rid of that annoying borderline; it was driving me borderline insane!!! lol thanks=)

  85. KCP100(new comment) on September 23rd, 2009

    Thanks A Lot!!! I really didn’t want to retype my entire essay just cuz of one +>K1^G line. Its people like you that make the internet a good place

    ^^stupid line, LOL

  86. Hennie Jonker(new comment) on September 30th, 2009

    Hi everyone,
    Thanks for the tip. It only worked for me by selecting all and then changing the Border option.

  87. Micper(new comment) on October 3rd, 2009

    Thanks Buddy.

  88. Bob(new comment) on October 4th, 2009

    Thnak you so much. Google search: “word can’t remove horizontal rule”, you appear first, one-click, one instant-fix. Bliss.

  89. Adia(new comment) on October 7th, 2009

    Thank you very much for your big help
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  90. ???????(new comment) on October 8th, 2009

    Thanks, saved me 10 minutes of searching

  91. Raed(new comment) on October 20th, 2009

    I love you man :D

  92. pat(new comment) on October 21st, 2009

    Thanks so much!

  93. Bob(new comment) on October 22nd, 2009

    Great stuff. To remove all lines in the document select all text (CTRL-A), and do the same trick as described above. Initially the line just jumped up a row when I tried to remove it.

    Thanks, Bob

  94. vi(new comment) on October 22nd, 2009

    thank you so much! this was very helpful! you saved me from further frustration,my friend!


  95. Pradeep(new comment) on October 25th, 2009

    Thanks a lot… This is a good piece of information!

  96. Ema(new comment) on November 6th, 2009




  97. Todd Snyder(new comment) on November 23rd, 2009

    Finally! You do good anger-therapy work. It was such a relief to delete those lines!

  98. postscripter(new comment) on November 28th, 2009

    Thanks a lot! I spent more than half an hour trying to remove that line!
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  99. Woofmeow(new comment) on November 30th, 2009

    I love you .<

  100. Sam Douglass(new comment) on December 2nd, 2009

    Thanks! I was about to lose it with this auto-format feature…. your solution worked as stated, much appreciated!

  101. Doug(new comment) on December 3rd, 2009

    Bless you!

  102. Mark Reeves(new comment) on December 4th, 2009

    Wow!!! I have dealt with this many times over the years and finally decided to Google for an answer…LOL! Thank you sooooo much!

  103. Jack(new comment) on December 5th, 2009

    Thank a lot.
    Useful guide.

  104. Bob Barker(new comment) on December 5th, 2009

    It did not work for me until I used Ctrl A to select the entire document. Then your very helpful solution was successful.

    To prevent future occurrences I followed a more involved route than your suggestion. If the thunderbolt is not applicable the following will do it.

    Tools, Auto correct options, Auto format as you type, unchk the Borders box

  105. Clark(new comment) on December 7th, 2009

    after reprinting my essay 8 times and copy and pasting back and forth notepad and word to remove that annoying line, here’s the solution. -sigh-
    now i know what to do. =D thanks.

  106. Ben(new comment) on December 9th, 2009

    This was a wonderful help. I had the same problem after I cut and paste the line I created and the original line stayed while the new one was created. This is a big help when I did a Google search. Thank you!

  107. Shiara(new comment) on December 11th, 2009

    Thank you so much! This helped a lot!

  108. Eleanor(new comment) on December 14th, 2009

    Just to reiterate–you are fantastic!

  109. Patti(new comment) on December 14th, 2009

    Wow, thanks so much for this GREAT tip! It was driving me nuts, as it has so many others; I, too, spent almost an hour navigating Word menus and searching Help (useless) — as well as trying to copy pieces of the document to a new document only to have the obnoxious line magically reappear. I managed to figure out how to turn off the appropriate AutoFormatting option, but I couldn’t get rid of the last line at the bottom of the page to save my life. The link for your tutorial was one of the first results to appear in Google when I searched (too bad I didn’t try Googling first rather than messing around with Microsoft’s (non-)help). In return, I’d be happy to make my next purchase on Amazon as requested via your link!

  110. Eric(new comment) on December 15th, 2009

    You are truly an angel sent from the heavens above.

  111. Lindsay(new comment) on December 17th, 2009

    While this didn’t work for me going to the Page Border menu, it worked, when I used the little button on the main menu (next to the paint bucket). Thank you!!! I was going crazy before I found this.

  112. Justme(new comment) on December 17th, 2009

    Thanks, are going to make something finished until tomorrow, and I could’nt figure this out!

  113. Lucie(new comment) on December 26th, 2009

    I LOVE YOU for this :D

  114. AN(new comment) on January 1st, 2010

    Thank you!

  115. Dane(new comment) on January 7th, 2010

    Fantastic! Much appreciated

  116. Nadar Athavan(new comment) on January 8th, 2010

    Thank you very much for saving me a lot of time and frustration. God bless you!

  117. T(new comment) on January 8th, 2010

    Thanks! This was driving me nuts. Saved my Friday evening

  118. Maria O(new comment) on January 28th, 2010

    thanks for posting this, the same problem was driving me nuts! Fixed it quickly with the right tip!

  119. AAA(new comment) on February 4th, 2010

    If the line stays within the typing area (Page minus Header & footer area), then the above solution works.

    However, if the line (run across the page width) lies in the Footer or Header area, where you can not put a cursor on it, then the above solution does not work. And certainly, it is not part of the footer

    Any suggestion


  120. dan m(new comment) on February 8th, 2010

    Thank you so much, that stupid line was bugging the heck out of me. I like being able to insert a line with the 3 “-”, but could not figure out how to get rid of one I didn’t want. Thank you thank you thank you.

  121. Riley(new comment) on February 9th, 2010

    Just as an interesting note for Office 2007, you can also do this from the Home tab. In the paragraph section, there’s a quick border button, similar to the one normally found in Excel. Click on the right side to get the drop down menu, then select “No Border”.

  122. Per Hansen(new comment) on February 12th, 2010

    Hallelujah! This problem was driving me insane. Thank you so much.

  123. Amanda V.(new comment) on February 15th, 2010

    Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou! I’ve been trying to get rid of that line in a customer doc for days. Worked perfectly in Word 2007.

  124. Amanda(new comment) on February 22nd, 2010

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Yours was the only posting I saw for how to remove this line in Windows 2007. You ROCK!!!
    p.s. nice bit of technical writing. Very easy to follow. You could make it a career if it’s not already!

  125. jojojj(new comment) on February 24th, 2010


  126. Vicki Jenssen(new comment) on February 24th, 2010

    OK I had to doctor this a bit for my Word 2003:

    I had to highlight the entire document, using Edit, then Select All.

    Then I did the Format to Borders to none box in settings
    and like an ECT
    it blew every last blasted line out of my document all at once.

    Otherwise the lines were reappearing and jumping around.

    Thank you, whoever you are!

  127. hemn(new comment) on February 25th, 2010

    In the name of Allah…
    Thanks a lot….

  128. Karyn(new comment) on February 25th, 2010

    I repeatedly tried the above fix(es) to no avail. I finally discovered that what I was dealing with was a footnote separator. The following tip worked like a charm! I wasted 3 hours trying to find a solution for this issue. If anyone has tried the above solutions without any results, click on this link for help:


  129. anand(new comment) on March 3rd, 2010

    thank u :)

  130. Phil(new comment) on March 3rd, 2010

    Wow – this is a life saver. I can’t say how annoyed I have been with this stupid, seemingly indestructible line. Thank you.

  131. Olivier(new comment) on March 15th, 2010

    Lots of words to explain a simple manipulation………. but it works. Thanks. If you can more concise next time, that’d be even better :)

  132. Ivar(new comment) on March 19th, 2010

    Thanks! The word is ABOVE! I finaly get it!

  133. Kyle(new comment) on March 21st, 2010

    Thank you! It’s these little things that drive my thesis editor crazy.

  134. Lesley(new comment) on March 22nd, 2010

    Thank you!!!!! I was about to lose my mind trying to get rid of that obnoxious line!!!!

  135. Greg Ramsaran(new comment) on March 24th, 2010

    Wow, such a simple solution yet, I couldn’t figure it out!!

    Thanks to you & google!!!

  136. lessuse(new comment) on April 3rd, 2010

    thank you so much……………..

  137. Sean Harrison(new comment) on April 6th, 2010

    Please remit an address to my email address, so I can send you a fruit basket. And thanks!!

  138. Blu11(new comment) on April 7th, 2010

    The only thing that worked for me the last time I found the dreaded line in one of my documents, was to expand the Styles box and delete the style that had the line under it (Word 2007).

  139. Anna 'Relle(new comment) on April 8th, 2010

    Oh, thank you!
    I can stop pulling my hair out and wishing I could afford to put my foot through the monitor now!
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  140. Kyle(new comment) on April 11th, 2010

    Thanks so much!!

  141. Randy(new comment) on April 12th, 2010

    Thank you so very much! I’ve never really been able to figure it out and I was working on something very important for my new job and it would not /go away/! You just made my day, thanks again!

  142. Erik Donaldson(new comment) on April 15th, 2010

    This didn’t work for me. THere’s a line under each section of text, but I cant place the cursor right above it, nor can I select it. What a stupid program!

  143. Rachel(new comment) on April 15th, 2010

    You’re a savior!

  144. Chris Roberge(new comment) on April 18th, 2010

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!

  145. Alem(new comment) on April 23rd, 2010

    Thank u so much for the tip on removing the horizontal line. I have just edited my assignment.

  146. joe f.(new comment) on April 26th, 2010

    the horizontal CANCER on my Microsoft Word document was very close to making me violent. thank you for the cure

  147. jenna(new comment) on April 26th, 2010

    my problem is not a border line. i have entered a line a while back for aesthetic reasons and now i can’t remove it! selecting none on the layout page does nothelp…what do i do???/ this is an urgent problem so i guess nothing will help me soon enough….grrrr

  148. DAS(new comment) on April 27th, 2010

    I was googling trying to remove the horizontal line. Knew the above already, but it still will not go away with any protocol.

  149. Mahdi Al-Farra(new comment) on April 30th, 2010

    dude!!!!! I love you! <3 lol
    it was a real pain in the ass for me for a really long long time!!!

    Thank you!

  150. Back2myroots(new comment) on May 7th, 2010

    For hair tearing stubborn double lines ========= but continuous, only one way worked for me [after hours of attempts!]: Simply click (1) CNTRL A ; (2) CNTRL Q

  151. Ice(new comment) on May 12th, 2010

    WOW – hours of struggling with this and all i had to do was find your tip! Thank you!

  152. chinthaka(new comment) on May 16th, 2010

    Thank you Dear i resolved my horizontal line from the way you described Thanks for saving my time
    Cheers !

  153. David(new comment) on May 16th, 2010

    Thanks, first google hit and problem solved!!! Normally I use LaTeX so I don’t get these problems, but occasionally I have have to use Word :(

    Thanks for the Fix!!!

  154. Bill(new comment) on May 19th, 2010

    Still helping people! Thanks.

  155. Mitch(new comment) on May 31st, 2010

    I was using these lines as a helpful reference for myself – I’m writing a novel, so they would show me where a new episode would begin – and when I hit enter once, it began what became an uncontrollable frenzy of lines and words. it was like a bad nightmare. I had six or seven of these suckers pooling in different areas.

    Needless to say, you saved me much frustration as well as the follicles in my head.

    Thanks so much!

  156. Terence(new comment) on June 2nd, 2010

    Salute to this HERO! Bravo!

  157. Charlie(new comment) on June 2nd, 2010


  158. Lori(new comment) on June 6th, 2010

    HUGE thanks! My husband and I had someone’s document and were trying to update it. Those DUMB lines were everywhere.

  159. Nita(new comment) on June 7th, 2010

    Thank you. It’s really helpful! :)

  160. ezgi(new comment) on June 12th, 2010

    great! you saved my nerves! thanks

  161. Greg Wauson(new comment) on June 17th, 2010

    This is exactly what I was looking for to solve this ridiculous feature of Word. Thanks!!!

  162. Miranda(new comment) on June 21st, 2010

    am i missing something here? how do you select borders at the top of the screen and keep your cursor over the line at the same time?

  163. Isaac(new comment) on June 27th, 2010

    Thank you! damn line was driving me insane.

  164. Kim(new comment) on July 5th, 2010

    thank you a million times over. this problem has been driving me nuts for a while and i had no idea how to fix it.

  165. allan(new comment) on July 6th, 2010

    thanks a bunch!! was pissing me off majorly. Now it is gone. merci, gracias, danke. 8-D

  166. adam(new comment) on July 6th, 2010

    thanks so much. a great help. i spent ages trying to delete this annoying automatic horizontal line. after reading this article i fixed it straight away, thanks again

  167. Jim(new comment) on July 8th, 2010

    You saved my day. I was so frustrated with that feature. There are times I like it, but usually it is a real pain. I now know how to get rid of it. I spent a couple of hours trying to figure it out until I remembered all I had to do was google the question. Thanks again for your help.

  168. Natalie(new comment) on July 8th, 2010

    You saved my life (and my resume).
    Thank you!

  169. J(new comment) on July 10th, 2010

    HUGE thanks!

  170. Jan(new comment) on July 12th, 2010

    Thank you so much for that tutorial! It’s a godsend.

  171. Courtney(new comment) on July 14th, 2010

    I can not thank you enough for posting these instructions! After wasting so much time trying to delete these lines- I really appreciate the information you provided.

  172. shruti(new comment) on July 22nd, 2010

    Thanks a million. that stupid line almost spoilt my dissertation. God bless.. Thanks again :)

  173. raji(new comment) on July 26th, 2010

    thank you………

  174. prady(new comment) on July 29th, 2010

    Really very nice graphical tutorial . Thank u.but unfortunately no luck with me .
    What I did is I just select the line above and beneath the stupid line and then follow the tricky procedure explained above.
    Thanks a lot ……..

  175. Raja Sarkar(new comment) on August 1st, 2010

    tons of thanks… Finally I am able to get rid of it. Very useful guide.

  176. nishdd(new comment) on September 7th, 2010

    Thanks so much mate, this works well!

  177. UncleBob(new comment) on September 7th, 2010

    When I followed your suggestion it simply moved the line from below where I had the cursor to the line above where I had the cursor. Has anyone any idea what’s causing that, and how to stop it? Many thanks!

  178. anonymous(new comment) on September 20th, 2010

    thanks a lot!!!!

  179. anonymous(new comment) on September 20th, 2010

    this is a very helpful tip

  180. Sara(new comment) on September 24th, 2010

    OMG! Thanks so much for the tip! that line was driving me crazy!

  181. Mike(new comment) on September 27th, 2010

    Thanks so much!! Can’t believe Microsoft sometimes… well I guess I can!

  182. morteza(new comment) on October 2nd, 2010

    thank you, god be with you

  183. Daniel(new comment) on October 5th, 2010

    That annoying horizontal line has been pestering me and my significant other for too long . . . until today, and . . . because of you. Thank you soooo much for sharing this knowledge with everyone. I am forever grateful, my friend.

  184. Mitchell Allen(new comment) on October 8th, 2010

    Can you believe it? Still solving problems for us two years later.
    Thanks! Stop by my blog and drop me a note if you need a fix for anything that annoys you – if I can return the favor, I will. (Ha-ha, even if you type, spammers, I have something for you.)



  185. tawfiq(new comment) on October 11th, 2010


  186. tris(new comment) on October 13th, 2010

    Great stuff. Google searched this page easily and quickly learnt how to annihilate the dreaded line.

  187. Kellie(new comment) on October 19th, 2010

    Oh my goodness! Thank you! I’ve been annoyed with that line for months! You’re the first person to help me and make it go away! Thank you!

  188. Els(new comment) on October 31st, 2010

    Thanks! This really helped!

  189. Hila(new comment) on November 4th, 2010

    you’re great! thanks so much!

  190. Simon(new comment) on November 8th, 2010

    Thanks for the advice! The line is dead!
    Simon´s last blog ..Duncan Bannertime My ComLuv Profile

  191. Pedro(new comment) on November 15th, 2010

    Thank you, Very helpful, bye stpd lines :)

  192. Perry(new comment) on November 16th, 2010

    THANK YOU!!!!

  193. Sony(new comment) on November 23rd, 2010

    This was really helpful. Thanks !!

  194. Jen(new comment) on November 30th, 2010

    THANK YOU!!! this was driving me mad!!!

  195. desert voice(new comment) on December 6th, 2010

    I hasn’t worked. I am desperate. Cannot hand over my doctoral work. Worked on it last 30 hours, actually 40. Nothing! All the tips from the internet were unsuccessful. I have an Office 2003 Student version. I did what you advise, also. Nothing! The lines remained. They are hell, for I cannot print my dissertation with lines in it. neither can I use paragraphs at will from the Index! Please help desert voice

  196. desert voice(new comment) on December 6th, 2010

    On reflection, I have to reverse my previous e-mail. Your advice does work! You are a veritable Good Samaritan! I will say a prayer for you to the Virgin Mary today. My problem appears to have been that my “none” icon was marked in Polish, as “brak.” This naturally means “it is missing”, and not “none.” The proper word for “none”, in Polish, is ” ?aden”! To tell the truth, I have easily figured that out, and was clikcing on “brak”, all right. The real problem was: the “brak” icon seemed off … but was not! Only accidentally, I tried one more time, and noticed, that “brak” was sometimes more pale than others. With the “brak” in full pallor, remarkably, I removed all the nasty lines just as you said. All this said, you are a genius! You made my day!

  197. Mike Edwards(new comment) on December 10th, 2010

    I love you for this! This was doing my head in!

  198. Jaz(new comment) on December 13th, 2010

    Thankks so much!!!!!

  199. Michelle(new comment) on December 17th, 2010

    Thanks you sooooooooooooooo much! I cant tell you how much that was driving crazy. Seriously crazy. Thanks again.

  200. Emily(new comment) on December 20th, 2010

    thanks so much…. solved the problem of random lines in my novel instantly!

  201. sav(new comment) on December 24th, 2010

    enorme merci !!!

  202. Redh(new comment) on December 28th, 2010

    Well, I’ve tried all these suggestions, and although I really appreciate your effort, I have not gotten rid of the freaking line! I am using Office 2010 for MAC, and do I feel stupid! It’s been 8 hours already… please help. I need to add a header and footer regarding my Company, and that lines looks un-professional.

    Thanks in advance.


    Dessert voice, you made my day laughing out loud!

  203. Joyce Kuras(new comment) on January 6th, 2011

    WOW – I never knew to do that. Thanks – those horizontal lines drove me crazy!!

  204. SZ(new comment) on January 7th, 2011

    Thank you – BLESS YOU!!!

  205. Travis(new comment) on January 7th, 2011

    I owe you my first born. Thank you!

  206. Michele - Italy(new comment) on January 8th, 2011

    Thanks very much! This solve my problem with an important doc!

  207. kimi(new comment) on January 8th, 2011

    oh thank you so very much for taking the time to explain. Thanks again

  208. Colin(new comment) on January 12th, 2011

    thank you so much – this has bugged me for ages & so simple when you know. Clever

  209. katerina(new comment) on January 17th, 2011

    Thanks! Bookmarking your page. Next time I need something from Amazon, you are a way to go thru!!

  210. Halley Brummell(new comment) on January 18th, 2011

    I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives great information *,:

  211. kinoy(new comment) on January 20th, 2011

    Thank you. It works! :D

  212. waqas from flights to australia(new comment) on January 22nd, 2011

    Awesome post,really you have shared something special with us dude.keep it up.

  213. contrust(new comment) on January 24th, 2011


  214. Ruiqi(new comment) on January 26th, 2011

    Thanks a lot

  215. Camilla Christiansen(new comment) on January 28th, 2011

    Thank you so much – you just saved me my morning!! :)

  216. qwerty(new comment) on January 28th, 2011

    I love you! THANK YOU

  217. yesssssss(new comment) on January 29th, 2011


  218. alan(new comment) on January 31st, 2011

    you are a genius. TY!

  219. alan(new comment) on January 31st, 2011

    A genius TY!!

  220. Cahya(new comment) on February 2nd, 2011

    THANK YOU, I was so desperate with this shit line, you looks like a savior for me :)

  221. DeeAnn(new comment) on February 2nd, 2011

    Thank you!!!!

    I just got rid of that bugger of a line…

    Thank you!!!!

  222. Finest Ultimate(new comment) on February 14th, 2011


  223. Kevin(new comment) on February 18th, 2011

    Thank you so much! That line was driving me crazy. I’m still using Word 2003 so it was an easy fix per your instructions.

  224. Helen(new comment) on February 24th, 2011

    Thank you so much. Was driving me crazy :>

  225. saretha(new comment) on February 24th, 2011

    Oh! my god! atlast I could remove that line, irritating me for the last few days. Thank you! Thanks a lot.

  226. steve(new comment) on February 27th, 2011

    Thank you! This has been driving me crazy for ages! ha! :)

  227. Marco(new comment) on March 1st, 2011

    Thanks a lot!!!!
    That’s incredible how it was simple to insert that line and how it was difficult to remove it.
    Thank you again for sharing your experience on this problem.

  228. Marty(new comment) on March 25th, 2011

    THANKS back2myroots (may 7, 2010).

    Your simple solutions (Control-A, then Control Q) removed a stubborn line
    on which no other solution worked !

  229. Sarn Karn(new comment) on April 2nd, 2011

    Thanks! There were quite a lot of lines on practically every page of my document that were driving me crazy! I was so relieved to find out how to remove them. :)

  230. Alex(new comment) on April 5th, 2011

    Thanks a Lot!!!

  231. Vinny(new comment) on April 5th, 2011

    Thanks a million! You are a God amongst men! My screen thanks you as well!

  232. David(new comment) on April 6th, 2011

    thank you thank you thank you!
    I really didn’t have time to try and figure it out by myself.

  233. prof(new comment) on April 7th, 2011

    Thanx Bob

  234. CJ(new comment) on April 9th, 2011

    You’re the best! Thanks so much for the explanation and fix. That was the most annoying feature I’ve come across in a very long time. It’s created accidentally and seemingly impossible to remove.

  235. Omer(new comment) on April 9th, 2011

    Oh God thank you guys I was about to break my monitor till I saw this article. it’s really usefull. thanks again! ;)

  236. Huib(new comment) on April 10th, 2011

    Great thanks a lot!

    It also works in Word 2011 for Mac. The option is located in the ‘Home’ tab under the ‘Paragraph’ section. Click the litte down arrow of the ‘Borders Box’ and select “None’.

    Also if you have more unwanted lines in your document, select the entire segment of text and repeat the above.

  237. Diane(new comment) on April 11th, 2011

    Thankyou so much – this was driving me insane! It didn’t matter what I tried or thought it might have been caused by, nothing wanted to fix it.
    Now I know – who thought that idea up I wonder?

    Thanks for sharing.

  238. Frani(new comment) on April 14th, 2011

    Fantastic – thanks so much. I have been updating documents that someone else formatted and that line was driving me crazy!

  239. JDubsMontreal(new comment) on April 17th, 2011

    Yup, huge thanks. Very helpful.

  240. john(new comment) on April 19th, 2011

    I spent an 2 hours on this, then found your solution.
    Thank you.

  241. jones(new comment) on April 20th, 2011

    Wow, this makes me feel like an idiot, but it fixed my 2 year old problem! Thank you!

  242. Jessica(new comment) on April 20th, 2011

    Thank you so much!

  243. Jakala(new comment) on April 27th, 2011

    Thanks!!!!!! Yor rock

  244. Sourav Basu(new comment) on April 29th, 2011

    Thanks a lot !!!

  245. Melanie Leeson(new comment) on April 30th, 2011

    Thanks for taking the time to write this! In the middle of my dissertation and it was bugging me a lot! God bless. Melanie

  246. ChenCheng(new comment) on May 7th, 2011

    Thank you so much for the guide! I was spending a lot of time trying to remove that line. Thanks a lot! :)

  247. James Little(new comment) on May 12th, 2011

    Great tip, was annoying me so much but luckily I resorted to Google early on!


  248. fasdfasd(new comment) on May 14th, 2011

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!

  249. Miroslav(new comment) on May 19th, 2011

    Well finally!!!! Thanks a lot :)

  250. Karl(new comment) on May 19th, 2011

    Thanks! saved me from writing everything all over again in a new document!

  251. Guru(new comment) on May 21st, 2011


    many many thanks

  252. I-LOVE-YOU(new comment) on May 22nd, 2011

    Inside me. NOW!

  253. Reta Swearingen(new comment) on May 26th, 2011

    Thank you!!! I’ve been using Word 2007 for 3 years and this “line” just started appearing in old documents. I spent an hour trying to get rid of it — gave up and went to Google!!!

    THANK YOU!!!!

  254. Mac Pro(new comment) on May 30th, 2011

    Thanks a lot. As with everybody (?250 people!) this was driving me crazy too.
    M$ should check you guys out – you’re effective!

  255. Freda(new comment) on June 8th, 2011

    THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!! I have spent the whole day trying to remove the line. Didnt realise how much one line can annoy you hehehe.

    Thanks heaps!!!

  256. Michael(new comment) on June 8th, 2011

    thank you very much…..
    big help for me…

  257. neutrinoman(new comment) on June 9th, 2011

    Thank you!

  258. Robbie(new comment) on June 15th, 2011

    Thanks so much! So glad I found your website and solution!

  259. brent(new comment) on June 16th, 2011

    Got rid of the stupid line! Thanks! MS you owe me 5 minutes of life.

  260. Ashok Kundapur(new comment) on June 19th, 2011

    Thanks for sharing the procedure. But I could not delete a line I had created so tried some other simple procedure.
    This is applicable to Windows 7
    Place the cursor just above the irritating line – click on Home (icon next to Insert)- in the third box in the line where you see icons for numbering etc, at the base there in a smaller box you see fill and border box – when you place the cursor over the line – this box should get highlighted- click for options, and select no border and click ok.

  261. thank(new comment) on June 20th, 2011

    thank u

  262. Marisol(new comment) on June 21st, 2011

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I’ve been fighting with this annoying line for many years now. Nothing worked until now. THANKS AGAIN!

  263. Jo Ann Delaney(new comment) on June 23rd, 2011


  264. Steve(new comment) on June 24th, 2011

    !!! Thank you sooooo much. Better help than MS.

  265. Matt(new comment) on June 29th, 2011

    THANK YOU so so much!

  266. Sitendu(new comment) on June 30th, 2011

    Thanks! It worked.

  267. Premal(new comment) on July 7th, 2011

    Thank you.

  268. argentine57(new comment) on July 10th, 2011

    Omfgosh, Thank you so so much! It had been annoying the crap out of me! I even came to the desperate measure of copying and pasting my work onto a new document!–with no luck obviously. *sighs*

  269. Alice Shen(new comment) on July 13th, 2011

    THANK YOU this was driving me up a wall and I was about to hit something. Thank you so. much.

  270. Rita(new comment) on July 14th, 2011

    I have been trying to figure this out on my own, and never could do it. Thanks for putting this here for us to read. You just saved me a ton of time, when your on a deadline, you don’t have the time to figure things like this on your own.

    Thanks again for the read. I Did It!!!

  271. Skajam(new comment) on July 18th, 2011

    You are my hero!!!!

  272. Di(new comment) on July 19th, 2011

    Thanks heaps. That line has been sending me nuts!

  273. G(new comment) on July 21st, 2011

    Thank GOD. WOOOOO Thank you soo much.

  274. Robert(new comment) on July 24th, 2011

    Thank You ! ! ! Been chasing this for too long…

  275. henk abma(new comment) on July 25th, 2011

    Thank you very much !
    I left school because i could’n't write between the lines
    and now my whole text on the pc was full of them
    impossible to get them out

  276. Ann(new comment) on July 25th, 2011

    Thank you so much: you made my day!

  277. B_._seiN(new comment) on July 27th, 2011

    I couldn’t have done it without your tutorial. ? You’re the best! … XD

  278. B_._seiN(new comment) on July 27th, 2011

    I couldn’t have done it without you. You’re the best! … XD

  279. Wes(new comment) on July 28th, 2011

    Thanks so much!

  280. John Westra(new comment) on July 29th, 2011

    Very helpful, even for someone who’s been around Word for 25 years! It’s great when people take time share the knowledge they’ve learned with others!
    John Westra´s last blog ..John_Westra: Campaign against duplicative websites not polling well – http://bit.ly/nNFVx7 #GOV20 #EGOV via @FCW My ComLuv Profile

  281. Spencer(new comment) on August 3rd, 2011

    Just wanted to join the throng and say THANK YOU!

  282. the love hate relationship(new comment) on August 5th, 2011

    I’ve been struggling with this for years and when I found this guide I thought this would finally allow me to win this battle but alas, these instructions are useless against any line that wasn’t added immediately (i.e. i didn’t just type it moments ago, the document could be hours or even years old and the thunderbolt icon will NOT appear).

    What more can be done? And why is this never explained by MS’ own HELP FILE?!?!

    Damn you Bill.

  283. Cris Adams(new comment) on August 6th, 2011

    Genuis! I’ve been trying for months to figure this out, to no avail. Thank you SO MUCH!!

  284. Enid(new comment) on August 8th, 2011

    Thanks so much. This was a headache for me and for my husband, the computer software writer!

  285. Kosol(new comment) on August 9th, 2011

    Thank you. Very helpful.

  286. ncm(new comment) on August 12th, 2011

    Thank you so much!! Worked perfectly! God Bless!

  287. mh(new comment) on August 14th, 2011

    thank you soooooooooooooooooooooooooo much
    that is really impressive
    that line was like a pain in the a**

  288. joshie(new comment) on August 20th, 2011

    thanks a bunch! at first i found it useful to add lines to separate sections of the word. but when i wanted it out of my sight, i was so annoyed and so tired of it! thanks a lot.

  289. Kathy(new comment) on August 22nd, 2011

    Thank you. I knew it was easy once you know the secret. ;-)

  290. le-drummer(new comment) on August 23rd, 2011

    Well I have tried and tried this solution, and it will not work for me at all. I am using Word 2007, and have followed the instructions to the letter … no joy!
    Any more ideas on this?

  291. Kevin(new comment) on August 23rd, 2011

    Thank you,

    Like many of the posters above, this has driven me near mad. I appreciate your step by step walkthrough.

  292. Rob(new comment) on August 25th, 2011

    Thank you so much for this. It was really helpful. I felt like a bit of a fool before I found this site. You’ve made my day.
    Thank you again

  293. Aho(new comment) on August 25th, 2011

    Your steps helps remove the line in the document we open; how to set a default so that in our future new word 2007 docs, we do not have to do this every time?

  294. Vitaliy(new comment) on August 26th, 2011

    Hey pals! The easiest way to remove it is to just go to the preceding line and push (no borders) button in the first ribbon (MSWord 2010). Easy as it is :D

  295. Vesa(new comment) on August 26th, 2011

    Thank you so much! The stupid line was driving me nuts :D
    FYI: This worked for me in Office 2010 just as it is described in your instructions for the 2007 version.

  296. Fumio Odajima(new comment) on August 26th, 2011

    Thanks! X 3 from Japan.

    Both the Word Help and the support.microsoft.com were good-for-nothings.

  297. saint D(new comment) on August 29th, 2011

    This is probably the best post on the internet.

  298. paty(new comment) on August 30th, 2011

    Thank you SO MUCH! I thought might through the computer out the window.

  299. Lesa(new comment) on September 1st, 2011

    Just like the dozens of others, I want to say thanks. Now, the trick is to remember this information so if I run into it again, I’ll remember how to fix it.
    Lesa´s last blog ..So You Want to Take a Vacation From Your Email Newsletter? My ComLuv Profile

  300. Michael Plichta(new comment) on September 3rd, 2011

    YOU ROOOOOOOOOOOOOCK! This has been plaguing me for years.

  301. Almeria(new comment) on September 7th, 2011


  302. Lawrence Robison(new comment) on September 7th, 2011

    If these instructions don’t work for you, try this:

    Instead of Step 1, “Place your cursor directly above the offending line,”

    go to Home, Select, Select All

    then go to Step 2.

    This was the only way these instructions worked for me. I’m using Word 2010.

  303. Charlie Rodarte(new comment) on September 7th, 2011

    Thanks for the tip. I go To Pasadena City College and this is due tomorrow thursday for my speech class thank you so much.

  304. Jessica(new comment) on September 8th, 2011

    Thank you so much!!! I have been trying to figure this out FOREVER…. I Google it and Voila! Problem solved :)

  305. Trish(new comment) on September 8th, 2011

    You totally ROCk. I’m a legal secretary, and we CANNOT have misc lines showing up … you’ve saved my a$$!

  306. Wafula(new comment) on September 9th, 2011

    BIG thank you, I was really annoyed about this line. The steps you provided helped!!!

  307. Allen(new comment) on September 9th, 2011

    This is really helpful! I’ve tried a lot of workaround, including copying and pasting the text (leaving the line of course) into a new document, to no avail. Good thing I got to see this site. Thank you so much!

  308. anouska(new comment) on September 11th, 2011

    Thank You!!! so helpful

  309. Ming(new comment) on September 12th, 2011

    WIN. THANK YOU. @*&(*&#%(8 microsoft

  310. Molli(new comment) on September 14th, 2011

    A MILLION thank-yous!!!!! This has PLAGUED me for longer than I want to admit.

  311. Kristian(new comment) on September 16th, 2011

    Of course, the border function! You’ve done a great service with this blog.

  312. Chris(new comment) on September 21st, 2011

    Still. Awesome.

  313. george(new comment) on September 26th, 2011

    what in the world were they thinking when they designed thee features. Shoot me if I my a Microsoft product gain, please…….

  314. rakesh(new comment) on October 7th, 2011

    thank you very much …………………………………………………………………….

    solve my problem in few minutes with the help of this website

    so once again thank you very much

  315. Wow, thank you!(new comment) on October 7th, 2011

    OMG, had a done a simple search I could have saved myself days of OCD obsessing over that stupid line! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

  316. Kelly(new comment) on October 10th, 2011

    Great post! I should have come here first instead of wasting 30 minutes! Nice job. Thanks Kelly

  317. John Senior(new comment) on October 10th, 2011

    Ni thengiu muno nigutumenyithia uria tungitharia raini iyo. Thank you so very very much!!!!!

  318. Saurabh(new comment) on October 14th, 2011

    Thanks Dear.. This issue has troubled me like forever – until now that is!! :-)

  319. Jay(new comment) on October 14th, 2011


  320. Sharon Davis(new comment) on October 14th, 2011

    another thank you, thank you, thank you – you’ve saved me hours :)

  321. Erin(new comment) on October 18th, 2011

    Thanks so much– I have been messing around with this for about a half hour with no luck! What a lifesaver! And what a strange feature on Word…

  322. AdB(new comment) on October 18th, 2011

    Thanks a million – great help in the final hours of a phd!

  323. Dale(new comment) on October 21st, 2011

    Thank you for the article! It was very helpful.

  324. Thomson T-sky(new comment) on October 21st, 2011

    thanks guys, this really work

  325. Jon(new comment) on October 24th, 2011

    You are my hero.

  326. Nilay(new comment) on November 1st, 2011

    Thanks!!! worked like a charm!

  327. Colin(new comment) on November 3rd, 2011

    This was the first Google hit – it worked. Many thanks.

  328. leon(new comment) on November 9th, 2011

    Thanks soooooo much
    This line was annoying me for months ……….

  329. Haley(new comment) on November 10th, 2011

    Thanks! That’s been bugging me for a long time. Such a simple fix…

  330. Jennifer(new comment) on November 11th, 2011

    Thank you so much! I struggled to have a line (I had drawn using Word’s Shapes) appear in the footer when I saved the doc. as a PDF and just couldn’t…that is until I googled the issue and saw this solution.
    You’ve saved me so much time, THANKS AGAIN!!!!!

  331. Alfiya(new comment) on November 12th, 2011

    Thanks a lot!!!!
    It was SOOOO useful! and so simple to understand and to do!

  332. John(new comment) on November 14th, 2011

    Well done, man. Just the ticket!

  333. Andy(new comment) on November 15th, 2011
  334. Leighann(new comment) on November 15th, 2011

    I had a problem of a line that would not even allow me to select it, or the line above or below it. I was getting so frustrated with the person who prepared that portion of the document, and they had no idea how to fix it, then inspiration hit! It was an Endnote!

    Under the References tab in Word 2007 there is a button that says “Show Notes”. After clicking on that a few times, I found the document had a hidden reference to an end note. As soon as I deleted the letter in the word (it was the last letter of a word in a sentence, not a super- or sub-scripted letter), the end notes disappeared along with the line! It was wonderful to discover that!

    So for all of you who use Ctrl +A and find that your entire text is not highlighting, your line probably indicated a footnote or endnote section.

  335. Sharna(new comment) on November 17th, 2011

    I just want to repeat what everyone has said:
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  336. mohit aggarwal(new comment) on November 18th, 2011

    thank you very much.finally!!!!!

  337. Austin Chuks(new comment) on November 19th, 2011

    Searched for this help to help a friend on official document, who is now grateful!

  338. Tristan(new comment) on November 23rd, 2011

    Thank you so much. It took me half an hour trying to get rid of the line. when i could have done it in ten minutes. Thank you for giving us the steps and the screen shots!

  339. BioGal(new comment) on November 24th, 2011

    I had forgotten this trick and was going mad trying to solve the problem. Thank you!

  340. Rebecca K(new comment) on November 28th, 2011

    Your instructions for MS Word 2003 worked exactly as described. Thank you!!

  341. Jaylene(new comment) on November 30th, 2011

    Thank You. 2 days before my final report is due in Accounting and when I copy and paste from msn money and other places for articles it was driving me crazy. Going to save this incase I forget in the future! Thanks again!

  342. sarah(new comment) on December 5th, 2011

    I went also crazy..but this was NOT the solution that helped me. Finally I found the solution myself: the problem was that there was a endnote in my text that I did not know of and the line that was appearing and I could not delete, was actually the line parting my normal text from the endnotes. I discoved this when I put my cursor just below the line and right clicked I” > go to endnote” appeared. wich option did not appear when I right clicked just above the line.

  343. Argy(new comment) on December 5th, 2011

    Thanks so much!!! it was driving me CRAZY!!!

  344. Chris(new comment) on December 11th, 2011

    For newer versions of Word (and maybe the older ones) all you need to do is Select All –> Format –> Borders and Shading –> None –> OK.

    Often many of these lines will appear if you are doing a lot of indenting, numbering, etc., by using Select All you can take them all out with one fell swoop.

    (did this on Mac but I’m sure works for Windows as well)

  345. Ramadevi(new comment) on December 12th, 2011

    Thank u soooooo much….

  346. Hatshepsut(new comment) on December 13th, 2011

    To @le-drummer (new comment) on August 23rd, 2011:

    I was also struggling with this (Word 2007).

    The method given in the original instruction did not work for me as there was no way to limit the “no border” to just a chosen paragraph in the (full blown) Borders & Shading available through the Page Layout tab. But I followed @mwgrigs comments posted on July 30th, 2008, except:

    You cannot highlight lines made using “3 hyphens (underscore, tilda or plus signs) + enter” method.

    So place the insertion point in the paragraph directly before the offending line. It can be anywhere in that paragraph.

    Now from the Paragraph group (by default 3rd on the Home tab), click the drop down arrow on the Border icon (usually the last right on the bottom row).

    From the choices in the drop down, choose “no border”.

    The line should be removed.

    Hope this works for you.

  347. Ray(new comment) on December 14th, 2011

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Argh! This has been a long-standing frustration with me and my confusion about Word’s auto-formating feature. At last, it is resolved and I thank you for sharing this post.

  348. Newbie(new comment) on December 15th, 2011

    I am using word 2007
    The above solution didn’t work for me, but the solution below worked

    Select All –> Home –> Paragraph–>Click on arrow beside border icon –> No border.

    Hope it works for you as well.

  349. sunil reddy(new comment) on December 22nd, 2011

    it worked……………. thank you

  350. Brian(new comment) on December 29th, 2011

    Thank you for keeping this site up.

  351. Allen(new comment) on December 30th, 2011

    If you use MS Word 2007, and the advice in this blog or its comments section doesnt work, try this…

    Go to References Tab > Show Notes > find note reference numbers within your document > eliminate these numbers

    What I found was that a reference note had been included in a document that I used as a basis to create a new document. After trying the advice in this blog, along with advice found elsewhere, and after pulling out my hair, I stumbled on this fix.

    Once I eliminated the reference numbers from my document, the reference “line” disappeared. Good Luck.

  352. Allen(new comment) on December 30th, 2011

    After posting my solution, I found that “Leighann(new comment) on November 15th, 2011″ reported the same fix Thanks Leighann!

  353. Prof. Hamed Nassar(new comment) on January 1st, 2012

    Thank you a zilion times. I have been fighting this creature for years. I would copy text peice by peice from the plagued document into a new one to escape the terror. Now, thanks to your advice, I feel tempted to chant “free at last . . . free at last!”

  354. jodie(new comment) on January 2nd, 2012

    This has been driving me crazy for so long and I’ve looked at other sites that apparently told you how to get rid of it & still couldn’t figure it out, but you put it so clearly & concisely that it was easy! I love you!!

  355. Jean(new comment) on January 2nd, 2012

    Amazing that the comments on this thread span YEARS. Thank you so much.

  356. Dave(new comment) on January 5th, 2012

    I am one of those for whom no amount of fiddling with the borders did anything to remove the line that was already in my document, no matter where the cursor was, what I had selected, or how I applied the change (and the line even followed me if I cut and pasted to a new doc). Some things I learned that might help others:

    * While the line appeared visually at a specific spot, it was somehow associated with a chunk of the document that spanned several paragraphs (I suspect that this is because the doc had changed a bit since the line was first added, which would be why not everyone has the same trouble). I couldn’t delete the line by itself, but if I deleted this entire chunk, the line WOULD go away. (I experimented by deleting larger and larger pieces in order to find the boundaries of the chunk.)
    * There was no particular spot or subset of the chunk that could be deleted to remove the line – had to nuke the whole thing.
    * Fortunately, I discovered that I could also get rid of the line by changing the STYLE of the chunk (I changed it from Normal to No Spacing). I could even change the style back again and the line would stay gone. (Here again it had to be the whole chunk.) Hooray!
    * It was also possible to “clean” the chunk by pasting it into Notepad, then recopying from there and putting it back (but of course if the Style change works for you then there’s no particular reason to resort to this).

    If the Border Lines approach didn’t work for you, hopefully this helps.

  357. Nicholas(new comment) on January 8th, 2012

    You are a savior. I wanted to separate my chapters but when I decided I wanted to put what I wrote of one in the previous chapter I couldn’t get my cursor below the stupid line. Thank you sooooo much

  358. Cassaendra(new comment) on January 8th, 2012

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have had this aggravating problem for many years, albeit rarely. It is great to finally know the solution!

  359. KW(new comment) on January 10th, 2012

    I have been struggling with this annoying problem for months. Thank you for making my life better!

  360. msskat(new comment) on January 12th, 2012


    i know a lot of ins and outs and work arounds for Word but i NEVER could figure this one out.

    so again, THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH!!!!

  361. Anaum(new comment) on January 15th, 2012

    Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You !
    So helpful :)

  362. Rachael Jones(new comment) on January 16th, 2012

    Brilliant thank you!! I have been tearing my hair out trying to get rid of that line!

  363. Skettio(new comment) on January 17th, 2012

    THANK YOU!!!!! I worked how to do this on the old version of Word a very long time ago but in recent times couldn’t remember. Damn Word and its annoying idiosyncracies! Thank you!

  364. Bharath M(new comment) on January 18th, 2012

    Thanks DUde….AWESOME>>>>>>!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Had lost my temper really…..~!!!!!!

  365. Jaiii07(new comment) on January 20th, 2012

    awesome ……..!!!!!!

  366. Suzy(new comment) on January 20th, 2012

    Thanks a lot!! This has been bothering me for SO long!

  367. D(new comment) on January 25th, 2012

    Thanks, this has saved me having to completely retype my chemistry coursework

  368. Blain(new comment) on January 25th, 2012

    thanks ;-)

  369. juupan(new comment) on January 28th, 2012

    i love you … THANK YOU

  370. 3000ways(new comment) on January 29th, 2012

    Thank you kind blogger!

    You saved the day.

  371. Elizabeth(new comment) on February 7th, 2012

    Thanks:)))))))))))))) It was bothering me too much:)

  372. Nick(new comment) on February 7th, 2012

    THANK YOU!!!

  373. Andrew(new comment) on February 8th, 2012

    That was totally it. THANK YOU FOR HELPING HUNDREDS, IF NOT THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE — AND YOU GOT SCREENSHOTS TOO! (Everybody loves screenshots — at least I do.)

    It’s too bad your link wasn’t the first one to pop up in my Google search for “How to remove the double underline in Microsoft Word XP”.

    I’ve had this problem for YEARS and I think the only reason I was totally motivated to figure it out was because I didn’t want to re-do an entire document because I couldn’t get “past” the double underline (AKA horizontal line) to type more text! It only got worse when I did an Insert Page Break and got THREE horizontal double underlines!!! :( YEARS of aggravation could have been saved with Google search FTW! D:

    Oddly enough, on another web link where someone else had a double underline problem with bullets prompted me to try clearing out the border using the “no border” toolbar button (?). In my case, it appeared to be a double underline border underneath the “Paragraph”, if that makes sense.

    I’ve tried this “no border” thingy successfully in both Microsoft Word XP 2002 and Microsoft Word 2010 today but for the guy chunking stuff because fiddling with borders failed or those end noters — YMMV. D: I’ll have to remember everyone else’s “variations on a theme” work-arounds…

    Anyway, I’ve bit.ly’d this link forever (assuming it doesn’t change) with bit.ly/removehorizontalunderlineinword for you all and bit.ly/removedoubleunderlineinword for me!
    (I tell ya, Laziness truly is the Mother of Invention…)

    And, YES, it was ANNOYING as HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! D`:

  374. Kim Blozie(new comment) on February 9th, 2012

    Thank you!! Very helpful and simple and clear. Better than MS Word help :)

  375. Amandaq(new comment) on February 13th, 2012

    Thank you soooo much!! Was about to give up on Word.

  376. dario colombotto(new comment) on February 16th, 2012

    compà sei the best

  377. Andee(new comment) on February 22nd, 2012

    Thx for the help. I see that my horizontal lines are in my header and footers, but I cannot remove them. Just am beside myself now that I have found them. GRRRR!

    Thx everyone for being here.

    Andee in AZ

  378. Andee(new comment) on February 23rd, 2012

    Wow! Finally. I reduced the size of the line in the header or footer. Moved it all the way to the left. Closed the footer or header page. Went back to Insert and selected footer or header again and then selected to remove it and it worked. Tthank everyone.

    Andee in AZ

  379. Adelina(new comment) on February 24th, 2012

    Removing of the line was very easy with your explanation. Great tip!

  380. Shibu(new comment) on February 26th, 2012

    Thank you very much. It is very helpful

  381. Cliff(new comment) on February 28th, 2012


  382. Tom(new comment) on February 28th, 2012

    Thanks for this tip. Saved me a lot of agrivation. :-)

  383. Martin(new comment) on February 29th, 2012

    Like so many other, I am very grateful for this!

  384. APPLE(new comment) on March 3rd, 2012

    THANK YOU!!! you are the most amazing person!!!

  385. Marketta(new comment) on March 6th, 2012

    Thank you!

  386. Tasneem(new comment) on March 9th, 2012

    Ur great man thatnx alot!

  387. Sarah Palombo(new comment) on March 9th, 2012

    THANK YOU!!!! If I knew who you were, I would send you $5 – I offered that to anyone within our comany who could remove it, and no one could. Made my day! :)

  388. Teresa(new comment) on March 15th, 2012

    Adding my heartfelt thanks!! I usually immediately catch the error and Undo right away but missed it this time and could not for the life of me get rid of the dang line afterward.

  389. Davni(new comment) on March 19th, 2012

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. That pesky line has been bugging me for years!

  390. Noz(new comment) on March 21st, 2012

    thank youuu!!!

  391. anon(new comment) on March 23rd, 2012

    Man, totally sorted me out today! Spent a good hour trying to fix this problem; your help is huuuugely appreciated! Thanks a million dude.

  392. Jaco(new comment) on March 24th, 2012

    WoW! Such an easy solution to an enormous stupid feature in MS Word1

  393. Sophia(new comment) on March 24th, 2012

    Whew! Thank you SO much! I spent so much time on this & it was driving me mad too – such a relief – many, many thanks!

  394. nika(new comment) on March 28th, 2012

    very helpful, thank you very much, me like others sepent a lot of time to figure out how can be removed and got rid of this annoying line or border , thanks

  395. nika(new comment) on March 28th, 2012

    very helpful, thank you very much, me like others spent a lot of time to figure out how can be removed and got rid of this annoying line or border , thanks

  396. Melanie(new comment) on April 4th, 2012


  397. Susan(new comment) on April 4th, 2012

    THANK YOU – it’s the middle of the night – I’m typing an important report – and got stuck with that line. VERY HELPFUL instructions – thank you – you’re a life saver!!

  398. Hayley(new comment) on April 5th, 2012

    Try Ctr Q. It’s easier…

  399. Omid(new comment) on April 5th, 2012

    Thank you very much. I was becoming mad

  400. ashraf(new comment) on April 8th, 2012

    thank you very much.. it was very very helpful

  401. Dave(new comment) on April 16th, 2012

    This was a big help. Thanks very much!

  402. Lolali(new comment) on April 16th, 2012

    Thank you for sharing! Great tips~~

  403. Rick(new comment) on April 18th, 2012

    THANK YOU!!!!!

  404. Steven(new comment) on April 20th, 2012

    Thanks! You’ve saved me from smashing everything in frustration.

  405. ann(new comment) on April 24th, 2012

    thanks you!

  406. Mary(new comment) on April 26th, 2012

    Super! Thank you!

  407. Ben(new comment) on April 28th, 2012

    you are a saint.

  408. Jenny(new comment) on April 29th, 2012

    THANK YOU! Such a simple fix but the problem was so unbelievably irritating. I am VERY grateful to you for providing this helpful fix.

  409. Sandeep(new comment) on May 1st, 2012

    Thanks – I have a mac Word 2008, worked perfectly!

  410. terje(new comment) on May 2nd, 2012

    Thanks a lot! This f****ing line nearly drove me crazy while I was writing my new book. Thanks again!


  411. Surendra Gurjar(new comment) on May 6th, 2012

    Thanks for the help…..

  412. Oli(new comment) on May 9th, 2012

    Thank you very much, this had been annoying me for a while! Very simple to get rid of once you know how!

  413. MS WORD 2007(new comment) on May 11th, 2012

    [SOLVED] my problem but in a different way:

    That’s not a border, it’s BORDER INSIDE A FOOTER!
    So, edit your footer as if it’s a page, select BORDER (you should see a top line at the moment) and choose “none”.

    Thus, the annoying footer line is deleted!

  414. P.Cleetus(new comment) on May 15th, 2012

    A heartfelt thanks! Really really helpful!!!

  415. ankit(new comment) on May 23rd, 2012

    it even works for 2010 word

  416. david(new comment) on May 30th, 2012

    thanks a bunch

  417. Morgan(new comment) on May 30th, 2012

    Thank you

  418. Leon(new comment) on June 5th, 2012

    you ARE the messias!!!

  419. Roby(new comment) on June 5th, 2012

    Thanks for the help on something I forgot how to do.

  420. Sidharth K(new comment) on June 9th, 2012

    Thanks a lot for helping. I was worried about it. This article helped me lot. Thanks……..

  421. Sarah(new comment) on June 13th, 2012

    Thanks! This was driving me crazy!!

  422. Amber Raymon(new comment) on June 20th, 2012

    Thank you. This kept me from jumping out the window today.

  423. Aquamarine(new comment) on July 5th, 2012

    Thank you!!! I don’t need anything from Amazon. How about adding a “donate” button?

  424. anna(new comment) on July 8th, 2012

    thank you!!!!! Echoing grateful comments from others above. Aaargh – what an oversight not allowing removal on the page!

  425. Saleem Khan(new comment) on July 10th, 2012

    Thanks a good deal!

  426. Ben(new comment) on July 14th, 2012


  427. KimW(new comment) on July 18th, 2012

    Thanks a million. I could not figure out for the life of me what I had done wrong. I was able to remove the line with your help. God Bless you!

  428. Maivette(new comment) on July 19th, 2012

    Awesome, thanks a million!

  429. Eric(new comment) on July 19th, 2012

    perfect solution–thanks.

  430. Lex(new comment) on July 24th, 2012

    I was so exited when I found out how to make that line too…

  431. Lisa Hoft(new comment) on July 26th, 2012

    Defintely a thank you. I am glad a post this old is still out here! We could NOT get rid of the line in the footer and I just didn’t consider the page borders. Thanks again!

  432. Pat Malloy(new comment) on July 26th, 2012

    This info on how to delete the LINE that was auto inserted is so so valuable! I am new to Office 2007 and would never have figured this out. THANK for posting this information in such detail!

  433. Robin Harger(new comment) on July 27th, 2012

    LeAna on May 29th, 2008 re word 7 in compatibility mode

    do what it says then go to the style option and select “none” ie no style for the line. Mine was a double line and when I selected no style for the no-box effect then the dratted line vanished

  434. kareem(new comment) on July 28th, 2012

    many thanks buddy.. just what i was looking for

  435. mary(new comment) on July 30th, 2012

    thanks pal you have taught us something wonderful a small thing but was apain. Iam going to email this to all my phd friend because I sure each one gets stuck with this LOC. But for me the page layout method worked.

  436. KJ(new comment) on August 1st, 2012

    Thanks so much. That was a really irritating line and this helped to get rid of it in no time.

  437. Mike(new comment) on August 1st, 2012

    Thanks a million, never could figure that out. Amazing that MS doesn’t have this on their help menu.

  438. Samehn(new comment) on August 2nd, 2012

    That was fantastic. It worked!!!

  439. Slammy(new comment) on August 3rd, 2012

    I am having the same problem, a line I cannot get rid of. But I am having a problem following your instructions and this is probably something really dumb on may part. Here is my issue, you state to place the cursor above the unwanted line and then click on Page Borders under Page Layout. How do I click on Page Borders while having the cursor remain above the line? Is there a keyboard shortcut I am unaware of or do I need to move the cursor back or am i just missing something really simple? Thank you, Slate

  440. Slammy(new comment) on August 3rd, 2012

    i figured it out, i just held down shift, selected everything and then hit page border while holding down shift. Thanks! Slate

  441. Geena(new comment) on August 5th, 2012


  442. Suzanne(new comment) on August 6th, 2012

    Bless you!!! Your advice for Word 2007 works equally well for ridding Word 2010 documents of those pesky unwanted lines. I revise a lot of documents from various sources in my work and this problem occurs too freakin’ frequently. I’ll keep your method handy as a sanity preservative.

  443. Steve Marruffo(new comment) on August 10th, 2012

    FTW. THX.

  444. Wendy(new comment) on August 11th, 2012

    You were right- this was driving me crazy! Thank you for the easy to understand fix. Awesome.

    (BTW – I used the Amazon link)

    Thank you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  445. Holly(new comment) on August 13th, 2012

    It’s still helping! Removing that is sooo not intuative.

  446. Andrew(new comment) on August 16th, 2012

    This was driving me absolutely BONKERS – I’m very knowledgeable with Word but I couldn’t work out what the hell it was doing – that insight that it’s using borders (WTF?!) meant I could just Ctrl-A and remove borders from the whole document, instead of every time I start a new paragraph ending up with another black line (and no, I didn’t have the Horizontal Line after paragraph turned on). This is a 40000 word document with 200 paragraphs and every time I deleted a line it would come back whenever I edited the paragraph, so I cannot overstate how much you just helped me. THANK YOU

  447. Deanna Mendez(new comment) on August 17th, 2012

    I’m so glad to find this tip. The offending line has been removed!!!

  448. Misho(new comment) on August 26th, 2012

    Thanks, now I am relieved from this annoying problem

  449. Filip(new comment) on August 27th, 2012

    After three “—” it makes HR line.
    Your tutorial DOESENT work!!!!
    Cant get rid of HR! ;)

  450. Teera(new comment) on September 5th, 2012

    Oh my God! Thank you thank you thank you thank you!

  451. John Nielsen(new comment) on September 6th, 2012

    It worked for me.

    Word 2010
    Menu: Page Layout -> Page Borders
    Select setting ‘None’ for Page border.

    the horisontal line in the footer area is gone.

  452. Jillian(new comment) on September 6th, 2012

    Thank you so much! It is crazy how much those crazy lines bother me, and apparently so many others! Thanks for making our lives so much less annoying! I am so happy! =)

  453. Thieme Hennis(new comment) on September 11th, 2012


  454. Chris Cat(new comment) on September 11th, 2012

    This post has been up for over 4 years and it’s still helpful. Thanks.

  455. Jay(new comment) on September 16th, 2012

    Wow, so many comments! Thank you, I am now one of the 99999999999999999 people you have helped.
    Just don’t understand what the ‘border line’ does exactly, but I don’t really care as long it is gone ;)

  456. dhaval Tandel(new comment) on September 18th, 2012

    thank you “multiplied by 1000″
    seriously man, if it hadn’t been for you, i would’ve had wasted hours of time :)

  457. Hugo(new comment) on September 19th, 2012

    Thanks a zillion! I have been fighting this line for ages. I can’t image why MS ever did this to us, but then this will be not the last time somebody wonders about the nonsense of Word from one version to another.
    Now that I have thanked you and made a purchase on Amazon via your link I’m just afraid to leave you my email address for the fear of being bugged by adds and spam from your marketing website…
    Thanks anyway!

  458. StealthyGripen(new comment) on September 24th, 2012

    Thanks this saved me, because I was about to scrap my whole document, just to get rid of this. This was very annoying, but thanks to you, I have to fret no more.

  459. Raj(new comment) on September 25th, 2012

    thank you so much, it worked.

  460. José(new comment) on September 25th, 2012

    I’m still loving you for that tip :D

  461. Pat(new comment) on September 27th, 2012

    It’s 2012 and you’re still helping. After a lot of trial and error I finally decided to look for help. Thanks.

  462. iwantmorecoffee(new comment) on October 3rd, 2012

    Another grateful fan bookmarks this post!

  463. mark(new comment) on October 9th, 2012

    Thank you! It’s been driving me crazy! Quick, easy fix!

  464. Venkat(new comment) on October 12th, 2012

    I wonder, what would have I done, without this kind of tips and internet ?
    Thanks for the tip.

  465. chang-e(new comment) on October 17th, 2012

    OMG! it was soooooo irritating! thanks works like a charm!!

  466. Suresh(new comment) on October 18th, 2012

    Thanks, you solved my probelm. I was fighitng to correct this from 4 days.

  467. mapa(new comment) on October 21st, 2012

    doing my dissertation, that *%^&* line was doing my head in big time. A big thank you!

  468. Richard Brodie(new comment) on October 23rd, 2012

    None of the fixes described get rid of that fucking line.
    I’m in Word 2010 and there is no “lightning bolt” icon
    anywhere near the unremovable and unselectable line.

    I wish Microsoft would stop rleasing their shit without
    at least verifying that it operates consistently, predictably,
    and reliably, never mind user-friendly!

  469. Valeria(new comment) on October 25th, 2012

    Thanks a lot, I has been annoyed for years by this border line and finally….thank you so much.
    Grazie mille

  470. Jeanne(new comment) on October 25th, 2012

    This was something that I could never figure out – I would often just delete my document and start over to get rid of the line.
    Thanks for sharing – a clear and thorough presentation.

  471. cfas(new comment) on November 5th, 2012

    This is a life-saver. I was screaming at my computer trying in vain to figure out how to get rid of that.

    Thank you for posting this. Very thorough.

  472. Ali(new comment) on November 12th, 2012

    Thank you for your useful hint!

  473. dalligator(new comment) on November 18th, 2012

    Thank you!
    can’t imagine how a line can be so annoying.

  474. amarjit singh monga(new comment) on November 21st, 2012

    very very helpful as i lost so much time in fixing the problem but your method has helped me in last

  475. Mike(new comment) on November 28th, 2012

    My issue was corrected with one of the initial commenters suggestion; if in a table you have to select the table border = none above or below the line to correct.

  476. Petrus(new comment) on November 30th, 2012

    dear god, i literally was about to punch my laptop because of that stupid line, but pulled back my fist at the last second.

    holy shit, was that annoying and frustrating.

  477. RADHA(new comment) on December 3rd, 2012

    Infinite thanks…It has been so helpful..thank again.

  478. rita(new comment) on December 10th, 2012

    thank u!! it worked!! :)

  479. Srdan(new comment) on December 12th, 2012

    Thanks a lot!

  480. Shom(new comment) on December 15th, 2012

    Thanks a ton… I was really helpful to finally get rid of this annoying line!!!

  481. Jay Buckner(new comment) on December 17th, 2012

    Gang, I found a much simpler fix, which worked like magic:

    1) Select the whole document (Control/Left Click)
    2) Home/Paragraph/Borders
    3) Click none

    And they’re all gone! Thank G-d.

  482. Madhavi(new comment) on December 22nd, 2012

    Thank you! I was about to go crazy with that indestructible line lol

  483. kim(new comment) on December 26th, 2012

    Thank you! I was about to go crazy!

  484. Connie(new comment) on December 28th, 2012

    Thanks!! Very helpful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  485. ali maghrabi, from egypt(new comment) on January 7th, 2013

    Thank you, I can now remove the border line from my word 2003 document.
    This good feeling to get help from people you do not know them personally.
    So, the life will be nice.

  486. mel(new comment) on January 14th, 2013

    You are a saint among saints. You truly have no idea.

  487. Roxene(new comment) on January 15th, 2013

    Thanks for the tip because it worked perfectly. Thing was driving me nuts! Now I know how to fix it on my home computer should it happen. Peace OUT!

  488. Upul(new comment) on February 1st, 2013

    Great help. Thank you. Keep it up!

  489. JNB(new comment) on February 1st, 2013

    Thanks. It has taken off a big burden from me as I have been looking for the solution all over (except here!). Thanks.

  490. david(new comment) on February 3rd, 2013

    worked like a charm. thank you so much.

  491. Dorko(new comment) on February 11th, 2013

    Thanks, very helpful, it hasbeen driving me crazy for months!

  492. Dorko(new comment) on February 11th, 2013

    Many thanks, it hasbeen driving me crazy for months

  493. Cláudia(new comment) on February 11th, 2013

    Muito obrigada pela ajuda. Consegui tirar as linhas do meu texto. Valeu!!!

  494. Basavaraj(new comment) on February 12th, 2013

    very precise explanation with screen shots!

  495. Avinash Bhosekar(new comment) on February 16th, 2013

    Thank you very much dear, Your help is great !! Hats off to your desire that others should not suffer !!
    You area genious ! Your help with the screenshot demo is a fabulus idea ! Thanks a million again !

  496. Gayle(new comment) on February 22nd, 2013

    Thanks- very helpful and easy guidance.

  497. JohnH(new comment) on February 25th, 2013

    For those of you 2007 users for which this solution didn’t work: once in Borders and Shading, you must perform the operation described while in Boarders tab, not the Page Boarder tab.

    Good luck.

  498. Erin(new comment) on April 1st, 2013

    THANKS SOOO MUCH!! This was driving me crazy.

  499. Sean Quinn(new comment) on April 20th, 2013

    Phew! That was great – thanks a million.

  500. Latasha(new comment) on April 21st, 2013

    Thanks so much for the tip. You saved the day!

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