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.
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.
In earlier versions of Word (maybe 2003 or earlier), several websites state that you must:
- Place your cursor right above the horizontal line
- 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:
- Place your cursor directly above the offending line
- From your menu, choose Page Layout
- Once you click on Page Layout, click on Page Borders
- Choose the Borders Tab, in the upper left select None, then hit Ok
- 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.
Click on the lightning-bolt box near the newly created horizontal line:
Choose “Control AutoFormat Options”:
Untick the “Border Lines” checkbox:
Hit “OK” – you’re done!
Remove the horizontal line in Word 2007 screenshots
These screenshots follow the steps above..
Place your cursor directly above the problematic line:
Choose “Page Layout” from your menu:
Choose the “Page Borders” sub-heading under Page Layout:
Select the “Borders” tab:
Under “setting”, select “None”:
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
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If this tutorial helped you out, feel free to leave a comment, and thanks for stopping by.
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