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: 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. Step 1 Click on the lightning-bolt box near the newly created horizontal line: Step 2 Choose “Control AutoFormat Options”: Step 3 Untick the “Border Lines” checkbox: 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: Step 2 Choose “Page Layout” from your menu: Step 3 Choose the “Page Borders” sub-heading under Page Layout: Step 4 Select the “Borders” tab: Step 5 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 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. Related Articles: New Script: Adwords Keyword Compiler Word formatting remover tool (hosted) Coming Soon: Spintax Formatter – Input Needed Poll: Bulk Username Generator CSS Tricks for the Twenty Sixteen Theme Apache Localhost – ::1 to 127.0.0.1 PHP: Hide HTTP Referrer for External Links Post navigation Domain Name Suggestion Tools → 516 thoughts on “Removing the HR Line from Word” Sam May 9, 2008 at 12:24 am Thank you so much for that tip! I was so annoyed by that stupid line! Reply ↓ LeAna May 29, 2008 at 3:01 pm 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? Reply ↓ unruled June 26, 2008 at 11:01 am thanks, I needed that tip! it had been driving me nuts! Reply ↓ John June 30, 2008 at 2:48 am Thank you so much for sharing the info, that line was driving me crazy Reply ↓ majid July 2, 2008 at 8:36 pm Thanks… I was really helpful for me while spending a lot of time with this stupid Microsoft word 🙂 Reply ↓ justie July 6, 2008 at 9:50 am HUGE THANKSSSSSSSS!!!!!! 🙂 Reply ↓ CG July 10, 2008 at 11:55 am I love you Reply ↓ james July 23, 2008 at 9:32 am THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! I spent hours trying to figure out that stupid line in microsoft word! Reply ↓ mwgrigs July 30, 2008 at 8:39 am 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! Reply ↓ Eva August 7, 2008 at 1:25 pm Thank you. Very helpful. Reply ↓ Beth August 10, 2008 at 3:26 pm 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? Thanks Reply ↓ robin August 13, 2008 at 10:51 am thanks. It was also driving me nuts. It isn’t very practical and easy to remove a simple line… Reply ↓ Jacki August 22, 2008 at 3:26 pm Thank you! That was driving me nuts. Reply ↓ dmizer September 19, 2008 at 1:21 am Thanks for this. Reply ↓ thej September 25, 2008 at 11:16 pm 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? Reply ↓ Rob September 26, 2008 at 12:07 am 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. Reply ↓ tasha October 1, 2008 at 3:33 pm 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! Reply ↓ Tara October 2, 2008 at 8:47 am 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? Reply ↓ Yanssel Delgado October 2, 2008 at 4:07 pm 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. Reply ↓ Word user October 26, 2008 at 12:18 pm Yeap, thanks for the tip, just had an annoying line removed ! Reply ↓ SS October 28, 2008 at 6:41 am That was driving me crazy, thank you so much! Reply ↓ Jen November 4, 2008 at 8:29 pm Not working for me either, and my stupid lines are made up of a bunch of little squares. Reply ↓ Lena November 9, 2008 at 1:12 am 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! Reply ↓ Garrett November 9, 2008 at 5:49 pm Thanks a bunch! This has been a pain in my butt for awhile now! Figured it was something stupid like this too! Reply ↓ Jib November 24, 2008 at 8:29 am 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 Reply ↓ Kjetil November 25, 2008 at 5:25 pm Thank you very much. It was driving me insane. Reply ↓ o November 26, 2008 at 1:31 pm Thanks so much!!! Reply ↓ Cat November 30, 2008 at 5:19 pm You saved my life! Reply ↓ blew December 7, 2008 at 10:01 pm Great tip! I had to put cursor BELOW the line to make it work, but then it did. Reply ↓ Jennifer December 22, 2008 at 7:19 pm 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. Reply ↓ Susan Kridler December 23, 2008 at 10:23 am THANK YOU! I sure could not find anything in Word help about this problem. What a relief! Reply ↓ Frank January 3, 2009 at 5:07 pm Great tip! Thanks so much Reply ↓ AB January 6, 2009 at 7:34 am LIFE SAVER! Reply ↓ Ben January 8, 2009 at 7:24 am Those lines have been annoying me for ages. Thank you so much. Reply ↓ ohm January 10, 2009 at 11:06 am THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU. That’s a problem for me for a year!!!! Reply ↓ Dory January 23, 2009 at 3:02 am THANKS SO MUCH omigosh i thought i’d never get rid of offending lines! you rock my socks! facebook me! Reply ↓ Jose D. Montero January 23, 2009 at 2:43 pm Thanks a lot for sharing the solution!! This bug is really annoying. Reply ↓ Luiza January 29, 2009 at 6:27 pm 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! Reply ↓ John February 3, 2009 at 12:31 pm Muchas gracias Reply ↓ Thanks February 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm Thank you very much. Office 2007 sucks! Reply ↓ Pissed Off February 23, 2009 at 5:50 pm Huge thanks! I was getting really aggravated! Reply ↓ James February 25, 2009 at 7:41 am 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??? I THINK NOT!! Thanks again!! 🙂 Reply ↓ kara February 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm thank you thank you thank!!!! i spent hours trying to figure this out!!!!!! Reply ↓ Jacki February 27, 2009 at 3:43 pm THANK YOU!!! Word is soooo eeeevillllll. Reply ↓ Marc March 5, 2009 at 6:46 pm Thank you!!! Reply ↓ Sared March 16, 2009 at 1:27 pm THANK YOU!!!!!!!! Reply ↓ Dean March 18, 2009 at 10:55 am fantastic – great help thanks… Reply ↓ Jenny March 18, 2009 at 11:43 pm Thank you so much, i’m the one who spent time around one hour to remove this line.. Reply ↓ Donna March 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm Thanks you so much. I have sat here all day fussing with the silly lines. Word 2007 is not user friendly. Reply ↓ Radek March 22, 2009 at 2:51 pm Whoever put this info together, You are the best! Thanks very much!!! Reply ↓ Lost Soul March 23, 2009 at 8:09 pm Thanks a lot mate, saved me heaps Reply ↓ Victoria April 5, 2009 at 7:15 am 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! Victoria… Reply ↓ John Hallaway April 19, 2009 at 10:24 am Thankyou!!! How I wish I’d never “upgraded” to 2007. Reply ↓ Isaiah April 21, 2009 at 2:35 am 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. Reply ↓ Natalie April 27, 2009 at 6:49 pm You’re the messiah Reply ↓ Lia April 27, 2009 at 10:42 pm 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. Reply ↓ Stephan May 13, 2009 at 1:42 am Many many thanks. This has been driving me insane for quite a while now. Thanks! Reply ↓ Pingback: Menghapus Garis di MS Word 2003 « Chaqiel’s Logs Chris May 18, 2009 at 2:59 pm Thank you so much. You saved me a great amount of time. I appreciate your clear writing style and the screenshots. Perfect! Reply ↓ jason May 24, 2009 at 4:08 am Thanks a lot for this tip…:) Reply ↓ t bone June 8, 2009 at 4:05 pm 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! Reply ↓ Ken June 11, 2009 at 7:45 pm 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? Reply ↓ Jonathan June 12, 2009 at 9:14 am 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! Reply ↓ fred June 19, 2009 at 12:18 pm Bless your beautiful brain…. Thanks for posting. Reply ↓ Adrian July 3, 2009 at 10:01 am Thank you. Worked like a dream. Reply ↓ Dr.P July 23, 2009 at 1:12 pm No help at all. The line is IN the header – and i cannot get it to go away Reply ↓ manjhunath July 31, 2009 at 3:48 am thank you guys… . ur postings really helped to solve the problem which was driving me nuts…. gr888 … keep going…. Reply ↓ Alan Gilbertson@Good Looking Documents August 4, 2009 at 6:23 pm 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. Reply ↓ DHM August 6, 2009 at 7:47 pm 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! Reply ↓ ad August 10, 2009 at 10:02 am thank you soooooooooo much! especially for providing 2007 instructions too! Reply ↓ max kleemann August 10, 2009 at 11:07 am A million thanks! Reply ↓ Michael Dolby August 15, 2009 at 8:53 am 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 !! Reply ↓ Oh so pleased August 18, 2009 at 8:50 am Thank you so very, very much. Reply ↓ mebo August 20, 2009 at 4:31 pm Oh, yeah. That works. So simple, yet so dumb. Thanks for the help. Reply ↓ Suzi August 24, 2009 at 5:31 pm You SO ROCK!!! Reply ↓ Macca August 30, 2009 at 5:19 pm Made my day! thanks mate! Reply ↓ Mark September 1, 2009 at 10:01 am Thank you so much. This was driving me completely crazy. Reply ↓ Geoffrey Long September 13, 2009 at 1:00 pm 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 i Reply ↓ Ira September 14, 2009 at 4:12 pm 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! Reply ↓ Eric September 15, 2009 at 2:57 pm Thank you so very much for the detailed guide. Excellent job. Reply ↓ Chris September 15, 2009 at 4:58 pm Awesome, this is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for improving the Internet’s SNR. Good Work Reply ↓ KingKong September 16, 2009 at 11:25 pm Man u Rock.. thanks..saved my life Reply ↓ bjawnie September 18, 2009 at 8:00 am Hi, thanks a ton for the tip. This is more of a MS bug than it is a feature. Reply ↓ Lisa September 23, 2009 at 2:57 am Thanks so much for showing me how to get rid of that annoying borderline; it was driving me borderline insane!!! lol thanks=) Reply ↓ KCP100 September 23, 2009 at 11:31 pm 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 Reply ↓ Hennie Jonker September 30, 2009 at 2:27 am Hi everyone, Thanks for the tip. It only worked for me by selecting all and then changing the Border option. Reply ↓ Micper October 3, 2009 at 2:01 am Thanks Buddy. Reply ↓ Bob October 4, 2009 at 9:30 am Thnak you so much. Google search: “word can’t remove horizontal rule”, you appear first, one-click, one instant-fix. Bliss. Reply ↓ Adia October 7, 2009 at 8:16 pm Thank you very much for your big help .-= Adia´s last blog ..Tip to improve local targeting with online ads =-. Reply ↓ ??????? October 8, 2009 at 5:21 am Thanks, saved me 10 minutes of searching Reply ↓ Raed October 20, 2009 at 4:42 pm I love you man 😀 Reply ↓ pat October 21, 2009 at 5:06 pm Thanks so much! Reply ↓ Bob October 22, 2009 at 5:42 am 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 Reply ↓ vi October 22, 2009 at 6:59 am thank you so much! this was very helpful! you saved me from further frustration,my friend! cheers! Reply ↓ Pradeep October 25, 2009 at 11:21 am Thanks a lot… This is a good piece of information! Reply ↓ Ema November 6, 2009 at 9:20 am THANK YOU VERY MUCH! EXCELLENT FROM YOUR PART… HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME Reply ↓ Todd Snyder November 23, 2009 at 10:51 am Finally! You do good anger-therapy work. It was such a relief to delete those lines! Reply ↓ postscripter November 28, 2009 at 12:09 pm Thanks a lot! I spent more than half an hour trying to remove that line! .-= postscripter´s last blog ..Theremin – The Untouchable Instrument =-. Reply ↓ Woofmeow November 30, 2009 at 2:26 pm I love you .< Reply ↓ Sam Douglass December 2, 2009 at 12:49 pm Thanks! I was about to lose it with this auto-format feature…. your solution worked as stated, much appreciated! Reply ↓ Doug December 3, 2009 at 6:48 am Bless you! Reply ↓ Mark Reeves December 4, 2009 at 3:56 am Wow!!! I have dealt with this many times over the years and finally decided to Google for an answer…LOL! Thank you sooooo much! Reply ↓ Jack December 5, 2009 at 12:04 am Thank a lot. Useful guide. Reply ↓ Bob Barker December 5, 2009 at 9:14 am 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 Reply ↓ Clark December 7, 2009 at 4:30 am 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. Reply ↓ Ben December 9, 2009 at 12:12 am 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! Reply ↓ Shiara December 11, 2009 at 9:06 am Thank you so much! This helped a lot! Reply ↓ Eleanor December 14, 2009 at 10:29 am Just to reiterate–you are fantastic! Reply ↓ Patti December 14, 2009 at 10:03 pm 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! Reply ↓ Eric December 15, 2009 at 12:19 am You are truly an angel sent from the heavens above. Reply ↓ Lindsay December 17, 2009 at 11:47 am 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. Reply ↓ Justme December 17, 2009 at 12:23 pm I LOVE YOU 😀 Thanks, are going to make something finished until tomorrow, and I could’nt figure this out! Reply ↓ Lucie December 26, 2009 at 6:47 am I LOVE YOU for this 😀 Reply ↓ AN January 1, 2010 at 9:12 pm Thank you! Reply ↓ Dane January 7, 2010 at 3:42 am Fantastic! Much appreciated Reply ↓ Nadar Athavan January 8, 2010 at 12:34 am Thank you very much for saving me a lot of time and frustration. God bless you! Reply ↓ T January 8, 2010 at 10:09 pm Thanks! This was driving me nuts. Saved my Friday evening Reply ↓ Maria O January 28, 2010 at 2:48 pm thanks for posting this, the same problem was driving me nuts! Fixed it quickly with the right tip! Reply ↓ AAA February 4, 2010 at 3:04 pm 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 Thanks Reply ↓ dan m February 8, 2010 at 3:02 pm 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. Reply ↓ Riley February 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm 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”. Reply ↓ Per Hansen February 12, 2010 at 10:58 am Hallelujah! This problem was driving me insane. Thank you so much. Reply ↓ Amanda V. February 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou! I’ve been trying to get rid of that line in a customer doc for days. Worked perfectly in Word 2007. Reply ↓ Amanda February 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm 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! Reply ↓ jojojj February 24, 2010 at 9:42 am thanksalot! Reply ↓ Vicki Jenssen February 24, 2010 at 1:48 pm 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! Reply ↓ hemn February 25, 2010 at 8:35 am In the name of Allah… Thanks a lot…. Reply ↓ Karyn February 25, 2010 at 10:35 am 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: http://word.tips.net/Pages/T001847_Changing_the_Footnote_Separator.html Reply ↓ anand March 3, 2010 at 3:19 am thank u 🙂 Reply ↓ Phil March 3, 2010 at 6:25 pm Wow – this is a life saver. I can’t say how annoyed I have been with this stupid, seemingly indestructible line. Thank you. Reply ↓ Olivier March 15, 2010 at 5:40 pm Lots of words to explain a simple manipulation………. but it works. Thanks. If you can more concise next time, that’d be even better 🙂 Reply ↓ Ivar March 19, 2010 at 6:52 am Thanks! The word is ABOVE! I finaly get it! Reply ↓ Kyle March 21, 2010 at 12:53 am Thank you! It’s these little things that drive my thesis editor crazy. Reply ↓ Lesley March 22, 2010 at 7:14 pm Thank you!!!!! I was about to lose my mind trying to get rid of that obnoxious line!!!! Reply ↓ Greg Ramsaran March 24, 2010 at 2:29 pm Wow, such a simple solution yet, I couldn’t figure it out!! Thanks to you & google!!! Reply ↓ lessuse April 3, 2010 at 6:26 am thank you so much…………….. Reply ↓ Sean Harrison April 6, 2010 at 10:47 pm Please remit an address to my email address, so I can send you a fruit basket. And thanks!! Reply ↓ Blu11 April 7, 2010 at 2:27 am 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). Reply ↓ Anna 'Relle April 8, 2010 at 1:34 am Oh, thank you! I can stop pulling my hair out and wishing I could afford to put my foot through the monitor now! 😀 .-= Anna ‘Relle´s last blog ..Tumbledown =-. Reply ↓ Kyle April 11, 2010 at 9:18 am Thanks so much!! Reply ↓ Randy April 12, 2010 at 1:43 pm 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! Reply ↓ Erik Donaldson April 15, 2010 at 8:45 am 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! Reply ↓ Rachel April 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm You’re a savior! Reply ↓ Chris Roberge April 18, 2010 at 9:27 pm THANK YOU!!!!!!! Reply ↓ Alem April 23, 2010 at 7:53 pm Thank u so much for the tip on removing the horizontal line. I have just edited my assignment. Reply ↓ joe f. April 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm the horizontal CANCER on my Microsoft Word document was very close to making me violent. thank you for the cure Reply ↓ jenna April 26, 2010 at 6:46 pm 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 Reply ↓ DAS April 27, 2010 at 10:57 am I was googling trying to remove the horizontal line. Knew the above already, but it still will not go away with any protocol. Reply ↓ Mahdi Al-Farra April 30, 2010 at 7:33 pm dude!!!!! I love you! <3 lol it was a real pain in the ass for me for a really long long time!!! Thank you! Reply ↓ Back2myroots May 7, 2010 at 10:09 am 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 Voila! Reply ↓ Ice May 12, 2010 at 4:38 pm WOW – hours of struggling with this and all i had to do was find your tip! Thank you! Reply ↓ chinthaka May 16, 2010 at 12:48 am Thank you Dear i resolved my horizontal line from the way you described Thanks for saving my time Cheers ! Reply ↓ David May 16, 2010 at 2:46 am 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!!! Reply ↓ Bill May 19, 2010 at 11:22 am Still helping people! Thanks. Reply ↓ Mitch May 31, 2010 at 12:03 am 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! Reply ↓ Terence June 2, 2010 at 2:32 am Salute to this HERO! Bravo! Reply ↓ Charlie June 2, 2010 at 7:28 am OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU FOREVER! SERIOUSLY YOU ARE THE BEST PERSON IN THE WORLD! OH MY GOD! Reply ↓ Lori June 6, 2010 at 7:38 pm HUGE thanks! My husband and I had someone’s document and were trying to update it. Those DUMB lines were everywhere. Reply ↓ Nita June 7, 2010 at 10:28 pm Thank you. It’s really helpful! 🙂 Reply ↓ ezgi June 12, 2010 at 3:31 am great! you saved my nerves! thanks Reply ↓ Greg Wauson June 17, 2010 at 12:52 pm This is exactly what I was looking for to solve this ridiculous feature of Word. Thanks!!! Reply ↓ Miranda June 21, 2010 at 7:40 pm 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? Reply ↓ Isaac June 27, 2010 at 11:31 pm Thank you! damn line was driving me insane. Reply ↓ Kim July 5, 2010 at 10:58 am 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. Reply ↓ allan July 6, 2010 at 12:33 am thanks a bunch!! was pissing me off majorly. Now it is gone. merci, gracias, danke. 8-D Reply ↓ adam July 6, 2010 at 12:41 am 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 Reply ↓ Jim July 8, 2010 at 8:50 am 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. Reply ↓ Natalie July 8, 2010 at 9:18 am You saved my life (and my resume). Thank you! Reply ↓ J July 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm HUGE thanks! Reply ↓ Jan July 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm Thank you so much for that tutorial! It’s a godsend. Reply ↓ Courtney July 14, 2010 at 12:11 pm 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. Reply ↓ shruti July 22, 2010 at 11:05 am Thanks a million. that stupid line almost spoilt my dissertation. God bless.. Thanks again 🙂 Reply ↓ raji July 26, 2010 at 6:49 am thank you……… Reply ↓ prady July 29, 2010 at 12:01 pm 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 …….. Reply ↓ Raja Sarkar August 1, 2010 at 8:06 am tons of thanks… Finally I am able to get rid of it. Very useful guide. Reply ↓ nishdd September 7, 2010 at 1:20 am Thanks so much mate, this works well! Reply ↓ UncleBob September 7, 2010 at 10:08 am 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! Reply ↓ anonymous September 20, 2010 at 3:47 am thanks a lot!!!! Reply ↓ anonymous September 20, 2010 at 3:48 am this is a very helpful tip Reply ↓ Sara September 24, 2010 at 9:42 am OMG! Thanks so much for the tip! that line was driving me crazy! Reply ↓ Mike September 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm Thanks so much!! Can’t believe Microsoft sometimes… well I guess I can! Reply ↓ morteza October 2, 2010 at 11:11 am thank you, god be with you Reply ↓ Daniel October 5, 2010 at 7:34 am 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. Reply ↓ Mitchell Allen October 8, 2010 at 6:29 am 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.) Cheers, Mitch Reply ↓ tawfiq October 11, 2010 at 11:19 am THANK YOU SO MUCH. I HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING WITH THIS LINE FOR HOURS!!!! Reply ↓ tris October 13, 2010 at 1:39 pm Great stuff. Google searched this page easily and quickly learnt how to annihilate the dreaded line. -cheers Reply ↓ Kellie October 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm 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! Reply ↓ Els October 31, 2010 at 12:29 pm Thanks! This really helped! Reply ↓ Hila November 4, 2010 at 5:17 am you’re great! thanks so much! Reply ↓ Simon November 8, 2010 at 3:45 pm Thanks for the advice! The line is dead! .-= Simon´s last blog ..Duncan Bannertime =-. Reply ↓ Pedro November 15, 2010 at 8:00 pm Thank you, Very helpful, bye stpd lines 🙂 Reply ↓ Perry November 16, 2010 at 10:27 am THANK YOU!!!! Reply ↓ Sony November 23, 2010 at 9:44 am This was really helpful. Thanks !! Reply ↓ Jen November 30, 2010 at 4:40 pm THANK YOU!!! this was driving me mad!!! Reply ↓ desert voice December 6, 2010 at 1:53 pm 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 Reply ↓ desert voice December 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm 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! Reply ↓ Mike Edwards December 10, 2010 at 10:42 am I love you for this! This was doing my head in! Reply ↓ Jaz December 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm Thankks so much!!!!! Reply ↓ Michelle December 17, 2010 at 12:38 am Thanks you sooooooooooooooo much! I cant tell you how much that was driving crazy. Seriously crazy. Thanks again. Reply ↓ Emily December 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm thanks so much…. solved the problem of random lines in my novel instantly! Reply ↓ sav December 24, 2010 at 9:03 am enorme merci !!! Reply ↓ Redh December 28, 2010 at 3:14 pm 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. P.D. Dessert voice, you made my day laughing out loud! Reply ↓ Joyce Kuras January 6, 2011 at 9:09 am WOW – I never knew to do that. Thanks – those horizontal lines drove me crazy!! Reply ↓ SZ January 7, 2011 at 11:39 am Thank you – BLESS YOU!!! Reply ↓ Travis January 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm I owe you my first born. Thank you! Reply ↓ Michele - Italy January 8, 2011 at 10:07 am Thanks very much! This solve my problem with an important doc! Reply ↓ kimi January 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm oh thank you so very much for taking the time to explain. Thanks again Reply ↓ Colin January 12, 2011 at 11:37 am thank you so much – this has bugged me for ages & so simple when you know. Clever Reply ↓ katerina January 17, 2011 at 7:52 am Thanks! Bookmarking your page. Next time I need something from Amazon, you are a way to go thru!! Reply ↓ Halley Brummell January 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives great information *,: Reply ↓ kinoy January 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm Thank you. It works! 😀 Reply ↓ waqas@flights to australia January 22, 2011 at 5:40 am Awesome post,really you have shared something special with us dude.keep it up. Reply ↓ contrust January 24, 2011 at 4:59 am <3 Reply ↓ Ruiqi January 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm Thanks a lot Reply ↓ Camilla Christiansen January 28, 2011 at 4:25 am Thank you so much – you just saved me my morning!! 🙂 Reply ↓ qwerty January 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm I love you! THANK YOU Reply ↓ yesssssss January 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm thanksssss!!!!!! Reply ↓ alan January 31, 2011 at 11:34 am you are a genius. TY! Reply ↓ alan January 31, 2011 at 11:34 am A genius TY!! Reply ↓ Cahya February 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm THANK YOU, I was so desperate with this shit line, you looks like a savior for me 🙂 Reply ↓ DeeAnn February 2, 2011 at 11:46 pm Thank you!!!! I just got rid of that bugger of a line… Thank you!!!! Reply ↓ Finest Ultimate February 14, 2011 at 4:28 am Yes! Reply ↓ Kevin February 18, 2011 at 10:04 am 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. Reply ↓ Helen February 24, 2011 at 8:40 am Thank you so much. Was driving me crazy :> Reply ↓ saretha February 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm Oh! my god! atlast I could remove that line, irritating me for the last few days. Thank you! Thanks a lot. Reply ↓ steve February 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm Thank you! This has been driving me crazy for ages! ha! 🙂 Reply ↓ Marco March 1, 2011 at 9:29 am 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. Reply ↓ Marty March 25, 2011 at 9:34 am THANKS back2myroots (may 7, 2010). Your simple solutions (Control-A, then Control Q) removed a stubborn line on which no other solution worked ! Reply ↓ Sarn Karn April 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm 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. 🙂 Reply ↓ Alex April 5, 2011 at 3:22 am Thanks a Lot!!! Reply ↓ Vinny April 5, 2011 at 9:41 pm Thanks a million! You are a God amongst men! My screen thanks you as well! Reply ↓ David April 6, 2011 at 9:43 am thank you thank you thank you! I really didn’t have time to try and figure it out by myself. Reply ↓ prof April 7, 2011 at 9:15 am Thanx Bob Reply ↓ CJ April 9, 2011 at 11:57 am 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. Reply ↓ Omer April 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm Oh God thank you guys I was about to break my monitor till I saw this article. it’s really usefull. thanks again! 😉 Reply ↓ Huib April 10, 2011 at 5:49 am 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. Reply ↓ Diane April 11, 2011 at 6:14 am 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. Reply ↓ Frani April 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm Fantastic – thanks so much. I have been updating documents that someone else formatted and that line was driving me crazy! Reply ↓ JDubsMontreal April 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm Yup, huge thanks. Very helpful. Reply ↓ john April 19, 2011 at 12:35 pm I spent an 2 hours on this, then found your solution. Thank you. Reply ↓ jones April 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm Wow, this makes me feel like an idiot, but it fixed my 2 year old problem! Thank you! Reply ↓ Jessica April 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm Thank you so much! Reply ↓ Jakala April 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm Thanks!!!!!! Yor rock Reply ↓ Sourav Basu April 29, 2011 at 2:17 am Thanks a lot !!! Reply ↓ Melanie Leeson April 30, 2011 at 5:37 am Thanks for taking the time to write this! In the middle of my dissertation and it was bugging me a lot! God bless. Melanie Reply ↓ ChenCheng May 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm Thank you so much for the guide! I was spending a lot of time trying to remove that line. Thanks a lot! 🙂 Reply ↓ James Little May 12, 2011 at 5:19 am Great tip, was annoying me so much but luckily I resorted to Google early on! Thanks! Reply ↓ fasdfasd May 14, 2011 at 8:59 am Thank you!!!!!!!!! Reply ↓ Miroslav May 19, 2011 at 11:18 am Well finally!!!! Thanks a lot 🙂 Reply ↓ Karl May 19, 2011 at 6:54 pm Thanks! saved me from writing everything all over again in a new document! Reply ↓ Guru May 21, 2011 at 11:38 am Thanks many many thanks Reply ↓ I-LOVE-YOU May 22, 2011 at 11:14 pm Inside me. NOW! Reply ↓ Reta Swearingen May 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm 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!!!! Reply ↓ Mac Pro May 30, 2011 at 10:35 pm Thanks a lot. As with everybody (?250 people!) this was driving me crazy too. M$ should check you guys out – you’re effective! Reply ↓ Freda June 8, 2011 at 3:21 am 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!!! Reply ↓ Michael June 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm thank you very much….. big help for me… Reply ↓ neutrinoman June 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm Thank you! Reply ↓ Robbie June 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm Thanks so much! So glad I found your website and solution! Reply ↓ brent June 16, 2011 at 1:51 am Got rid of the stupid line! Thanks! MS you owe me 5 minutes of life. Reply ↓ Ashok Kundapur June 19, 2011 at 3:52 am 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. Reply ↓ thank June 20, 2011 at 8:18 am thank u Reply ↓ Marisol June 21, 2011 at 10:55 am THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I’ve been fighting with this annoying line for many years now. Nothing worked until now. THANKS AGAIN! Reply ↓ Jo Ann Delaney June 23, 2011 at 9:36 pm Thanks. Reply ↓ Steve June 24, 2011 at 8:12 am !!! Thank you sooooo much. Better help than MS. Reply ↓ Matt June 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm THANK YOU so so much! Reply ↓ Sitendu June 30, 2011 at 2:27 am Thanks! It worked. Reply ↓ Premal July 7, 2011 at 6:43 am Thank you. Reply ↓ argentine57 July 10, 2011 at 11:41 am 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* Reply ↓ Alice Shen July 13, 2011 at 9:01 am THANK YOU this was driving me up a wall and I was about to hit something. Thank you so. much. Reply ↓ Rita July 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm 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!!! Reply ↓ Skajam July 18, 2011 at 4:17 pm You are my hero!!!! Reply ↓ Di July 19, 2011 at 8:05 pm Thanks heaps. That line has been sending me nuts! Reply ↓ G July 21, 2011 at 10:56 am Thank GOD. WOOOOO Thank you soo much. Reply ↓ Robert July 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm Thank You ! ! ! Been chasing this for too long… Reply ↓ henk abma July 25, 2011 at 7:29 am 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 Reply ↓ Ann July 25, 2011 at 7:40 am Thank you so much: you made my day! Reply ↓ B_._seiN July 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm I couldn’t have done it without your tutorial. ? You’re the best! … XD Reply ↓ B_._seiN July 27, 2011 at 11:30 pm I couldn’t have done it without you. You’re the best! … XD Reply ↓ Wes July 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm Thanks so much! Reply ↓ John Westra July 29, 2011 at 4:03 am 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 =-. Reply ↓ Spencer August 3, 2011 at 11:32 am Just wanted to join the throng and say THANK YOU! Reply ↓ the love hate relationship August 5, 2011 at 9:27 pm 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. Reply ↓ Cris Adams August 6, 2011 at 8:26 am Genuis! I’ve been trying for months to figure this out, to no avail. Thank you SO MUCH!! Reply ↓ Enid August 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm Thanks so much. This was a headache for me and for my husband, the computer software writer! Reply ↓ Kosol August 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm Thank you. Very helpful. Reply ↓ ncm August 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm Thank you so much!! Worked perfectly! God Bless! Reply ↓ mh August 14, 2011 at 8:47 am thank you soooooooooooooooooooooooooo much that is really impressive that line was like a pain in the a** Reply ↓ joshie August 20, 2011 at 6:10 am 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. Reply ↓ Kathy August 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm Thank you. I knew it was easy once you know the secret. 😉 Reply ↓ le-drummer August 23, 2011 at 1:52 am 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? Reply ↓ Kevin August 23, 2011 at 6:48 am Thank you, Like many of the posters above, this has driven me near mad. I appreciate your step by step walkthrough. Reply ↓ Rob August 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm Legend! 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 Reply ↓ Aho August 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm 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? Reply ↓ Vitaliy August 26, 2011 at 4:00 am 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 😀 Reply ↓ Vesa August 26, 2011 at 4:05 am Thank you so much! The stupid line was driving me nuts 😀 FYI: This worked for me in Office 2010 just as it is described in your instructions for the 2007 version. Reply ↓ Fumio Odajima August 26, 2011 at 10:22 pm Thanks! X 3 from Japan. Both the Word Help and the support.microsoft.com were good-for-nothings. Reply ↓ saint D August 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm This is probably the best post on the internet. Reply ↓ paty August 30, 2011 at 6:00 pm Thank you SO MUCH! I thought might through the computer out the window. Reply ↓ Lesa September 1, 2011 at 2:56 pm 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? =-. Reply ↓ Michael Plichta September 3, 2011 at 6:09 pm YOU ROOOOOOOOOOOOOCK! This has been plaguing me for years. Reply ↓ Almeria September 7, 2011 at 7:17 am THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Reply ↓ Lawrence Robison September 7, 2011 at 9:56 am 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. Reply ↓ Charlie Rodarte September 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm Thanks for the tip. I go To Pasadena City College and this is due tomorrow thursday for my speech class thank you so much. Reply ↓ Jessica September 8, 2011 at 9:37 am Thank you so much!!! I have been trying to figure this out FOREVER…. I Google it and Voila! Problem solved 🙂 Reply ↓ Trish September 8, 2011 at 11:07 am You totally ROCk. I’m a legal secretary, and we CANNOT have misc lines showing up … you’ve saved my a$$! Reply ↓ Wafula September 9, 2011 at 12:47 am BIG thank you, I was really annoyed about this line. The steps you provided helped!!! Reply ↓ Allen September 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm 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! Reply ↓ anouska September 11, 2011 at 3:46 pm Thank You!!! so helpful Reply ↓ Ming September 12, 2011 at 10:34 pm WIN. THANK YOU. @*&(*&#%(8 microsoft Reply ↓ Molli September 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm A MILLION thank-yous!!!!! This has PLAGUED me for longer than I want to admit. Reply ↓ Kristian September 16, 2011 at 5:57 am Of course, the border function! You’ve done a great service with this blog. Reply ↓ Chris September 21, 2011 at 5:04 am Still. Awesome. Reply ↓ george September 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm what in the world were they thinking when they designed thee features. Shoot me if I my a Microsoft product gain, please……. Reply ↓ rakesh October 7, 2011 at 9:19 am thank you very much ……………………………………………………………………. solve my problem in few minutes with the help of this website so once again thank you very much Reply ↓ Wow, thank you! October 7, 2011 at 11:26 pm 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! Reply ↓ Kelly October 10, 2011 at 8:21 am Great post! I should have come here first instead of wasting 30 minutes! Nice job. Thanks Kelly Reply ↓ John Senior October 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm Ni thengiu muno nigutumenyithia uria tungitharia raini iyo. Thank you so very very much!!!!! Reply ↓ Saurabh October 14, 2011 at 1:32 am Thanks Dear.. This issue has troubled me like forever – until now that is!! 🙂 Reply ↓ Jay October 14, 2011 at 8:23 am THANKS!! Reply ↓ Sharon Davis October 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm another thank you, thank you, thank you – you’ve saved me hours 🙂 Reply ↓ Erin October 18, 2011 at 10:30 am 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… Reply ↓ AdB October 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm Thanks a million – great help in the final hours of a phd! Reply ↓ Dale October 21, 2011 at 1:24 am Thank you for the article! It was very helpful. Reply ↓ Thomson T-sky October 21, 2011 at 10:33 am thanks guys, this really work Reply ↓ Jon October 24, 2011 at 8:33 am You are my hero. Reply ↓ Nilay November 1, 2011 at 9:28 am Thanks!!! worked like a charm! Reply ↓ Colin November 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm This was the first Google hit – it worked. Many thanks. Reply ↓ leon November 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm Thanks soooooo much This line was annoying me for months ………. Reply ↓ Haley November 10, 2011 at 9:12 pm Thanks! That’s been bugging me for a long time. Such a simple fix… Reply ↓ Jennifer November 11, 2011 at 11:14 am 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!!!!! Reply ↓ Alfiya November 12, 2011 at 7:45 pm Thanks a lot!!!! It was SOOOO useful! and so simple to understand and to do! Reply ↓ John November 14, 2011 at 12:09 am Well done, man. Just the ticket! Reply ↓ Andy November 15, 2011 at 8:05 am Your a superstar mate .-= Andy ´s last undefined ..CommentLuv Premium is here!The version of CommentLuv on this site is no longer supported. Please update by clicking the image below Go to CommentLuv.com to download Hurry! click here! =-. Reply ↓ Leighann November 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm 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. Reply ↓ Sharna November 17, 2011 at 8:55 pm I just want to repeat what everyone has said: THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reply ↓ mohit aggarwal November 18, 2011 at 10:25 am thank you very much.finally!!!!! Reply ↓ Austin Chuks November 19, 2011 at 6:18 am Searched for this help to help a friend on official document, who is now grateful! Reply ↓ Tristan November 23, 2011 at 9:01 am 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! Reply ↓ BioGal November 24, 2011 at 7:26 am I had forgotten this trick and was going mad trying to solve the problem. Thank you! Reply ↓ Rebecca K November 28, 2011 at 9:35 am Your instructions for MS Word 2003 worked exactly as described. Thank you!! Reply ↓ Jaylene November 30, 2011 at 12:17 am 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! Reply ↓ sarah December 5, 2011 at 8:34 am 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. Reply ↓ Argy December 5, 2011 at 8:11 pm Thanks so much!!! it was driving me CRAZY!!! Reply ↓ Chris December 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm 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) Reply ↓ Ramadevi December 12, 2011 at 1:02 am Thank u soooooo much…. Reply ↓ Hatshepsut December 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm 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. Reply ↓ Ray December 14, 2011 at 9:26 am 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. Reply ↓ Newbie December 15, 2011 at 3:56 pm 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. Reply ↓ sunil reddy December 22, 2011 at 5:58 am it worked……………. thank you Reply ↓ Brian December 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm Thank you for keeping this site up. Reply ↓ Allen December 30, 2011 at 6:01 pm 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. Reply ↓ Allen December 30, 2011 at 6:12 pm After posting my solution, I found that “Leighann(new comment) on November 15th, 2011” reported the same fix Thanks Leighann! Reply ↓ Prof. Hamed Nassar January 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm 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!” Reply ↓ jodie January 2, 2012 at 9:09 am 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!! Reply ↓ Jean January 2, 2012 at 11:21 am Amazing that the comments on this thread span YEARS. Thank you so much. Reply ↓ Dave January 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm 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. Reply ↓ Nicholas January 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm 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 Reply ↓ Cassaendra January 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm 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! Reply ↓ KW January 10, 2012 at 11:02 am I have been struggling with this annoying problem for months. Thank you for making my life better! Reply ↓ msskat January 12, 2012 at 12:02 am OH MY GOSH. THHHHAAAAAANK YOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!! 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!!!! Reply ↓ Anaum January 15, 2012 at 7:57 am Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You ! So helpful 🙂 Reply ↓ Rachael Jones January 16, 2012 at 7:05 am Brilliant thank you!! I have been tearing my hair out trying to get rid of that line! Reply ↓ Skettio January 17, 2012 at 8:35 pm 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! Reply ↓ Bharath M January 18, 2012 at 2:41 am Thanks DUde….AWESOME>>>>>>!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Had lost my temper really…..~!!!!!! Reply ↓ Jaiii07 January 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm awesome ……..!!!!!! Reply ↓ Suzy January 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm Thanks a lot!! This has been bothering me for SO long! Reply ↓ D January 25, 2012 at 7:44 am Thanks, this has saved me having to completely retype my chemistry coursework Reply ↓ Blain January 25, 2012 at 7:34 pm thanks 😉 Reply ↓ juupan January 28, 2012 at 5:52 pm i love you … THANK YOU Reply ↓ 3000ways January 29, 2012 at 11:11 pm Thank you kind blogger! You saved the day. Reply ↓ Elizabeth February 7, 2012 at 7:01 am Thanks:)))))))))))))) It was bothering me too much:) Reply ↓ Nick February 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm THANK YOU!!! Reply ↓ Andrew February 8, 2012 at 4:28 pm 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`: Reply ↓ Kim Blozie February 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm Thank you!! Very helpful and simple and clear. Better than MS Word help 🙂 Reply ↓ Amandaq February 13, 2012 at 5:55 pm Thank you soooo much!! Was about to give up on Word. Reply ↓ dario colombotto February 16, 2012 at 10:53 am compà sei the best Reply ↓ Andee February 22, 2012 at 10:55 pm 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 Reply ↓ Andee February 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm 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 Reply ↓ Adelina February 24, 2012 at 11:39 pm Removing of the line was very easy with your explanation. Great tip! THANK YOU! Reply ↓ Shibu February 26, 2012 at 2:03 am Thank you very much. It is very helpful Reply ↓ Cliff February 28, 2012 at 1:45 pm THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!! Reply ↓ Tom February 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm Thanks for this tip. Saved me a lot of agrivation. 🙂 Reply ↓ Martin February 29, 2012 at 7:16 am Like so many other, I am very grateful for this! Reply ↓ APPLE March 3, 2012 at 1:03 am THANK YOU!!! you are the most amazing person!!! Reply ↓ Marketta March 6, 2012 at 9:53 am Thank you! Reply ↓ Tasneem March 9, 2012 at 6:37 am Ur great man thatnx alot! Reply ↓ Sarah Palombo March 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm 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! 🙂 Reply ↓ Teresa March 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm 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. Reply ↓ Davni March 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm THANK YOU SO MUCH. That pesky line has been bugging me for years! Reply ↓ Noz March 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm thank youuu!!! Reply ↓ anon March 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm Man, totally sorted me out today! Spent a good hour trying to fix this problem; your help is huuuugely appreciated! Thanks a million dude. Reply ↓ Jaco March 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm WoW! Such an easy solution to an enormous stupid feature in MS Word1 THANK YOU! Reply ↓ Sophia March 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm Whew! Thank you SO much! I spent so much time on this & it was driving me mad too – such a relief – many, many thanks! Reply ↓ nika March 28, 2012 at 2:45 am 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 Reply ↓ nika March 28, 2012 at 2:47 am 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 Reply ↓ Melanie April 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Reply ↓ Susan April 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm 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!! Reply ↓ Hayley April 5, 2012 at 5:57 am Try Ctr Q. It’s easier… Reply ↓ Omid April 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm Thank you very much. I was becoming mad Reply ↓ ashraf April 8, 2012 at 1:53 am thank you very much.. it was very very helpful Reply ↓ Dave April 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm This was a big help. Thanks very much! Reply ↓ Lolali April 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm Thank you for sharing! Great tips~~ Reply ↓ Rick April 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm THANK YOU!!!!! Reply ↓ Steven April 20, 2012 at 5:22 am Thanks! You’ve saved me from smashing everything in frustration. Reply ↓ ann April 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm thanks you! Reply ↓ Mary April 26, 2012 at 11:38 pm Super! Thank you! Reply ↓ Ben April 28, 2012 at 11:16 pm you are a saint. Reply ↓ Jenny April 29, 2012 at 4:24 am THANK YOU! Such a simple fix but the problem was so unbelievably irritating. I am VERY grateful to you for providing this helpful fix. Reply ↓ Sandeep May 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm Thanks – I have a mac Word 2008, worked perfectly! Reply ↓ terje May 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm Thanks a lot! This f****ing line nearly drove me crazy while I was writing my new book. Thanks again! Terje Reply ↓ Surendra Gurjar May 6, 2012 at 9:24 pm Thanks for the help….. Reply ↓ Oli May 9, 2012 at 3:41 am Thank you very much, this had been annoying me for a while! Very simple to get rid of once you know how! Reply ↓ MS WORD 2007 May 11, 2012 at 1:58 am [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! 20120511 Reply ↓ P.Cleetus May 15, 2012 at 1:50 am A heartfelt thanks! Really really helpful!!! Reply ↓ ankit May 23, 2012 at 3:54 am thanks it even works for 2010 word Reply ↓ david May 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm thanks a bunch Reply ↓ Morgan May 30, 2012 at 5:04 pm Thank you Reply ↓ Leon June 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm you ARE the messias!!! Reply ↓ Roby June 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm Thanks for the help on something I forgot how to do. Reply ↓ Sidharth K June 9, 2012 at 11:12 am Thanks a lot for helping. I was worried about it. This article helped me lot. Thanks…….. Reply ↓ Sarah June 13, 2012 at 6:14 am Thanks! This was driving me crazy!! Reply ↓ Amber Raymon June 20, 2012 at 11:16 am Thank you. This kept me from jumping out the window today. Reply ↓ Aquamarine July 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm Thank you!!! I don’t need anything from Amazon. How about adding a “donate” button? Reply ↓ anna July 8, 2012 at 7:46 am thank you!!!!! Echoing grateful comments from others above. Aaargh – what an oversight not allowing removal on the page! Reply ↓ Saleem Khan July 10, 2012 at 3:12 am Thanks a good deal! Reply ↓ Ben July 14, 2012 at 5:39 pm THANK YOU!!!!! YOU SAVED MY LIFE!!!!! Reply ↓ KimW July 18, 2012 at 1:20 am 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! Reply ↓ Maivette July 19, 2012 at 8:35 am Awesome, thanks a million! Reply ↓ Eric July 19, 2012 at 9:52 am perfect solution–thanks. Reply ↓ Lex July 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm I was so exited when I found out how to make that line too… Reply ↓ Lisa Hoft July 26, 2012 at 9:11 am 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! Reply ↓ Pat Malloy July 26, 2012 at 10:04 am 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! Reply ↓ Robin Harger July 27, 2012 at 10:55 pm 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 Reply ↓ kareem July 28, 2012 at 10:59 pm many thanks buddy.. just what i was looking for Reply ↓ mary July 30, 2012 at 1:52 am 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. Reply ↓ KJ August 1, 2012 at 2:28 am Thanks so much. That was a really irritating line and this helped to get rid of it in no time. Reply ↓ Mike August 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm Thanks a million, never could figure that out. Amazing that MS doesn’t have this on their help menu. Reply ↓ Samehn August 2, 2012 at 8:39 am That was fantastic. It worked!!! Reply ↓ Slammy August 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm 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 Reply ↓ Slammy August 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm i figured it out, i just held down shift, selected everything and then hit page border while holding down shift. Thanks! Slate Reply ↓ Geena August 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm Thanks!!!!! Reply ↓ Suzanne August 6, 2012 at 3:48 am 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. Reply ↓ Steve Marruffo August 10, 2012 at 7:57 am FTW. THX. Reply ↓ Wendy August 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm 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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reply ↓ Holly August 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm It’s still helping! Removing that is sooo not intuative. Reply ↓ Andrew August 16, 2012 at 1:59 pm 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 Reply ↓ Deanna Mendez August 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm I’m so glad to find this tip. The offending line has been removed!!! Reply ↓ Misho August 26, 2012 at 4:58 pm Thanks, now I am relieved from this annoying problem Reply ↓ Filip August 27, 2012 at 7:12 am After three “—” it makes HR line. Your tutorial DOESENT work!!!! Cant get rid of HR! 😉 Reply ↓ Teera September 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm Oh my God! Thank you thank you thank you thank you! Reply ↓ John Nielsen September 6, 2012 at 4:07 am It worked for me. Word 2010 Menu: Page Layout -> Page Borders Select setting ‘None’ for Page border. Bingo! the horisontal line in the footer area is gone. Reply ↓ Jillian September 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm 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! =) Reply ↓ Thieme Hennis September 11, 2012 at 4:32 am FINALLY! Reply ↓ Chris Cat September 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm This post has been up for over 4 years and it’s still helpful. Thanks. Reply ↓ Jay September 16, 2012 at 8:17 am 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 😉 Reply ↓ dhaval Tandel September 18, 2012 at 4:32 am thank you “multiplied by 1000” seriously man, if it hadn’t been for you, i would’ve had wasted hours of time 🙂 Reply ↓ Hugo September 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm 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! Reply ↓ StealthyGripen September 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm 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. Reply ↓ Raj September 25, 2012 at 2:06 am thank you so much, it worked. Reply ↓ José September 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm I’m still loving you for that tip 😀 Reply ↓ Pat September 27, 2012 at 11:10 am It’s 2012 and you’re still helping. After a lot of trial and error I finally decided to look for help. Thanks. Reply ↓ iwantmorecoffee October 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm Another grateful fan bookmarks this post! Reply ↓ mark October 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm Thank you! It’s been driving me crazy! Quick, easy fix! Reply ↓ Venkat October 12, 2012 at 2:26 am I wonder, what would have I done, without this kind of tips and internet ? Thanks for the tip. Reply ↓ chang-e October 17, 2012 at 4:25 am OMG! it was soooooo irritating! thanks works like a charm!! Reply ↓ Suresh October 18, 2012 at 5:29 am Thanks, you solved my probelm. I was fighitng to correct this from 4 days. Reply ↓ mapa October 21, 2012 at 12:44 pm doing my dissertation, that *%^&* line was doing my head in big time. A big thank you! Reply ↓ Richard Brodie October 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm 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! Reply ↓ Valeria October 25, 2012 at 4:41 am Thanks a lot, I has been annoyed for years by this border line and finally….thank you so much. Grazie mille Reply ↓ Jeanne October 25, 2012 at 10:09 am 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. Jeanne Reply ↓ cfas November 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm 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. Reply ↓ Ali November 12, 2012 at 1:50 am Thank you for your useful hint! Reply ↓ dalligator November 18, 2012 at 4:51 am Thank you! can’t imagine how a line can be so annoying. Reply ↓ amarjit singh monga November 21, 2012 at 5:57 am very very helpful as i lost so much time in fixing the problem but your method has helped me in last Reply ↓ Mike November 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm 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. Reply ↓ Petrus November 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm 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. Reply ↓ RADHA December 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm Infinite thanks…It has been so helpful..thank again. Reply ↓ rita December 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm thank u!! it worked!! 🙂 Reply ↓ Srdan December 12, 2012 at 10:02 am Thanks a lot! Reply ↓ Shom December 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm Thanks a ton… I was really helpful to finally get rid of this annoying line!!! Reply ↓ Jay Buckner December 17, 2012 at 8:31 pm 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. Reply ↓ Madhavi December 22, 2012 at 8:50 am Thank you! I was about to go crazy with that indestructible line lol Reply ↓ kim December 26, 2012 at 8:50 pm Thank you! I was about to go crazy! Reply ↓ Connie December 28, 2012 at 11:29 am Thanks!! Very helpful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reply ↓ ali maghrabi, from egypt January 7, 2013 at 6:56 am 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. Ali Reply ↓ mel January 14, 2013 at 10:31 am You are a saint among saints. You truly have no idea. Reply ↓ Roxene January 15, 2013 at 11:06 am 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! Reply ↓ Upul February 1, 2013 at 12:27 am Great help. Thank you. Keep it up! Reply ↓ JNB February 1, 2013 at 7:05 am Thanks. It has taken off a big burden from me as I have been looking for the solution all over (except here!). Thanks. Reply ↓ david February 3, 2013 at 11:58 am worked like a charm. thank you so much. Reply ↓ Dorko February 11, 2013 at 9:31 am Thanks, very helpful, it hasbeen driving me crazy for months! Reply ↓ Dorko February 11, 2013 at 9:32 am Many thanks, it hasbeen driving me crazy for months Reply ↓ Cláudia February 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm Muito obrigada pela ajuda. Consegui tirar as linhas do meu texto. Valeu!!! Reply ↓ Basavaraj February 12, 2013 at 11:42 pm very precise explanation with screen shots! Reply ↓ Avinash Bhosekar February 16, 2013 at 2:42 am 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 ! Avinash Reply ↓ Gayle February 22, 2013 at 8:26 am Thanks- very helpful and easy guidance. Reply ↓ JohnH February 25, 2013 at 11:56 am 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. Reply ↓ Erin April 1, 2013 at 1:44 pm THANKS SOOO MUCH!! This was driving me crazy. Reply ↓ Sean Quinn April 20, 2013 at 10:40 am Phew! That was great – thanks a million. Reply ↓ Latasha April 21, 2013 at 6:38 pm Thanks so much for the tip. You saved the day! Reply ↓ martin April 28, 2013 at 5:13 am thanks from slovakia 🙂 Reply ↓ Mrs Dubai May 1, 2013 at 12:30 am Thank you SO much. That line was driving me CRAAAAAZY! Reply ↓ migwhee123 May 13, 2013 at 5:34 pm It didn’t work for me. The stupid lines are not visible in the screen but they come up when I print. I’ve done everything to correct this problem, even cleaning the printer, to no avail. SOMEONE PLEASE HELPPPPPP MEEEE. Reply ↓ Anthony May 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm THANK SO MUCH! Need it of my assignment! Reply ↓ Mahmoud May 26, 2013 at 5:48 am WOOOOw, Thanks a lot man, You saved my life Reply ↓ Linda May 28, 2013 at 1:21 pm OMG! This has frustrated me for years! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! XXOO Reply ↓ Alex_number13 June 14, 2013 at 7:39 am Thanks a lot! Reply ↓ Ali Al-Haj July 6, 2013 at 3:59 am thank you indeed. Reply ↓ Linda Donatelli July 15, 2013 at 2:02 pm Thank you!! Your instructions eliminated my problem with the horizontal line. I really appreciate it!! Reply ↓ Patti July 30, 2013 at 11:12 pm God bless you! Reply ↓ Lydia September 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm Thank you so much! I own any potential employment opportunities to your well described advice! Cheers! Reply ↓ Danielle October 19, 2013 at 10:49 am THANK YOU! <3 Reply ↓ Lalit April 1, 2014 at 9:01 am What if the word document is already saved and I wanted to remove those extra lines by editing?? I ve been working for hours now to fix it but of no avail. Pls. help me. Reply ↓ Collette April 22, 2014 at 12:17 pm Excellent my dear! Thanks a million for that. Saved the day. Reply ↓ Nicole March 4, 2015 at 2:15 am THANK YOU SO MUCH. I was ready to tear my hair out. Reply ↓ TONY NGUYEN May 10, 2015 at 6:16 pm Thank you so much. I uses Word 2007. Your guide helped me a lot . Tony Nguyen Reply ↓ Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.