How to add a visual separator to your Microsoft Word document
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How to Add a Visual Separator
in Microsoft Word

Horizontal Separators in Word


Quick visual separators using the keyboard

Type 3 dashes ( --- ) to display a single line separator

Single line separator

Type 3 equals signs ( === ) to display a double line separator

Double line separator

Type 3 hashes ( ### ) to display a triple line separator

Triple line separator

Type 3 underscores ( ___ ) to display a thick separator

Thick line separator

Type 3 asterisks ( *** ) to display a dotted line separator

Dotted line separator

Type 3 tildes ( ~~~ ) to display a wavy line separator

Wavy line separator

Adding a paragraph border separator for lots more choice

There is also a Horizontal Line tool you can use.

1.  Position the cursor where the line is to be inserted.

2.  Select the Home tab | Paragraph group, or
Table Tools | Design tab (if you are working with a table).

3.  Click the drop-down arrow on the Border icon.

4.  Select Horizontal Line.

5.  For more choices, click Borders and Shading instead of Horizontal LIne.

6.  Choose a line style, line colour and line width.

7.  Click the border icons around the preview so that only the top or bottom icon is on.

Set a custom paragraph border

And that, my friend, is how you add some visual interest to an otherwise dull-looking document.

Here are some other advanced text effects you may be interested in.

ACTION ITEM: Before we close out this post I want to give you one little action item! Comment below with ONE thing you learned from this post and how you're going to put it into ACTION. Share your successes and drop any questions you have below.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

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Jason loves to simplify the hard stuff, cut the fluff and share what actually works. Things that make a difference. Things that slash hours from your daily work tasks. He runs a software training business in Queensland, Australia, lives on the Gold Coast with his wife and 4 kids and often talks about himself in the third person!


  • Rahul Karelia says:

    Due to some setting Options that i clicked, now that when i press — and Enter i dont get a delimiter and now i am not able to find it. Please help.

    • Jason Morrell says:

      Hi Rahul

      1. Go to File | Options | Spelling & Grammar then click the Autocorrect Options button. (Or on Mac, go to Word | Preferences | Autocorrect)
      2. Go to the ‘AutoFormat As You Type’ tab.
      3. Ensure that the ‘Border Lines’ checkbox is checked.

      All the best, Jason

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