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pamelakaynobleb...

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Please help me remove a horizontal line off my page
Posted: Mar 10, 2012 3:51 PM
 
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This is step by step what I did:

1. My purpose was to end a section of the book without necessarily starting a new chapter.
2. After the last sentence, I hit enter twice.
3. I hit the center button
3. I held the shift button down and hit the asterisk sign 3 times.
4. After the 3rd asterisk (without hitting the space bar) I hit the enter button.
5. A horizontal line (instead of 3 asterisk) appeared on the page.
6. I hit the backwards paragraph sign that shows all symbols in your manuscript.
7. It shows as a heavy broken horizontal line across the page.
8. When I placed the cursor over the horizontal line to delete it, two vertical rulers appear on either edge of the page.

I hope it is clear what I did. I tried to recreate the process in hopes that someone can tell me how to delete this horizontal line.

Please help. I'm stuck. :(

P.S. I apologize for posting this in multiple threads, but I know some people don't read all of them, so I'm trying for maximum reach to get help.

Pamela
notjohn

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Re: Please help me remove a horizontal line off my page
Posted: Mar 10, 2012 4:01 PM   in response to: pamelakaynobleb... in response to: pamelakaynobleb...
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Can't you just sweep your mouse cursor across the horizontal line, then hit Delete?
pamelakaynobleb...

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Re: Please help me remove a horizontal line off my page
Posted: Mar 10, 2012 4:12 PM   in response to: notjohn in response to: notjohn
 
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I just tried that and it won't highlight it to delete it.

So then I highlighted the sentences above and below the line. The two sentences disappeared, but the line remained.

Pamela
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Re: Please help me remove a horizontal line off my page
Posted: Mar 10, 2012 4:26 PM   in response to: notjohn in response to: notjohn
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I think an unwanted "border" has been created. You cannot delete those like a page or section break. You have to go to Home and then Borders.
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Re: Please help me remove a horizontal line off my page
Posted: Mar 10, 2012 4:43 PM   in response to: thetimucuan in response to: thetimucuan
 
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I just went to Home, but I don't see borders. Would it be the same on all editions? I'm using Microsoft 10.

Pamela
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Re: Please help me remove a horizontal line off my page
Posted: Mar 10, 2012 4:48 PM   in response to: pamelakaynobleb... in response to: pamelakaynobleb...
 
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Mine is 2007. You can't see "Borders" until you hover over the box made of dashes, then you click the little down pointing arrow. It's on the right side of the box where there is a square made of little dashes with a cross of dashes in it.
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Posted: Mar 10, 2012 4:49 PM   in response to: thetimucuan in response to: thetimucuan
 
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I'm terrible at explaining how to do things, but it seems to me you have accidentally created a border.
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Re: Please help me remove a horizontal line off my page
Posted: Mar 10, 2012 5:40 PM   in response to: pamelakaynobleb... in response to: pamelakaynobleb...
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HERE IS A SOLUTION

The way for a border line to be removed is to select the line just above it (it could be an empty line or have text) and then go to the Format menu > Borders and Shading > Borders tab > select the None box... and the border line disappears.

TO PREVENT IT:

Go to the Tools menu > AutoCorrect Options... and select the AutoFormat As You Type tab.
Uncheck the box next to Border lines in the "Apply as you type" section.

You can save this option in your Normal.dot, in your templates, in your styles.

JT

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tracy1617

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Re: Please help me remove a horizontal line off my page
Posted: Mar 10, 2012 6:35 PM   in response to: pamelakaynobleb... in response to: pamelakaynobleb...
 
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I know exactly what you're talking about but I can't remember exactly how I got rid of them. The border thing worked a couple of times, but not always. I believe I went to the last character on the page with the line and held down the delete key until I deleted everything up to the first character on the next page. This removed all the formatting from that space. I wish I could be more helpful but its been a while since I had that issue. I was using 2003.
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Re: Please help me remove a horizontal line off my page
Posted: Mar 10, 2012 6:40 PM   in response to: jtbigtoad in response to: jtbigtoad
 
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This worked. Thank you JT.

And thank yous to everyone else for all of your suggestions. You all jumped right in and tried to help. Just another example of authors helping authors. And my eyes won't be red and puffy in church tomorrow morning because I was seriously about to cry with frustration. Although why I tried for hours before simply coming here and asking, I'll never know. Duh!

Anyway you ladies and gentlemen are the best and I really appreciate you. :)

Oh and don't forget to set your clocks forward tonight.

Pamela
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Re: Please help me remove a horizontal line off my page
Posted: Mar 10, 2012 11:42 PM   in response to: pamelakaynobleb... in response to: pamelakaynobleb...
 
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You could also do this...

After your paragraph, hit enter a few times and then use the up arrow key to move the cursor up to the line where you want the * symbols. Now hit centre align button and then add your * * * and then don't hit enter, but instead use the down arrow to go to the beginning of the next paragraph.

Should sort that issue for you without having to change settings n' all.

L

flis278

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Re: Please help me remove a horizontal line off my page
Posted: Mar 11, 2012 12:38 AM   in response to: pamelakaynobleb... in response to: pamelakaynobleb...
 
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If you type 3 asterisks again, and centre them and then press Return, and then you find that the asterisks change into a line or into 2 asterisks and a dot, if your next action is "Ctrl + Z" it will return it to 3 asterisks. But it does have to be your very next action!

Ctrl + Z also works for undoing automatic formatting on lists - eg when you type a) and a sentence, then press Return, and the line automatically indents and types b) when you don't want it to.

Hope this helps and doesn't just confuse things!
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Re: Please help me remove a horizontal line off my page
Posted: Mar 11, 2012 3:45 AM   in response to: pamelakaynobleb... in response to: pamelakaynobleb...
 
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**This worked. Thank you JT.**

JT is a national treasure. And Word is an awful piece of software. Come to think of it, I do remember having created just such a bothersome "border," and spending an unwonted amount of time trying to get rid of it.

Glad it worked out.
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