WD2000: You Cannot Delete Certain Horizontal Lines in Your Word Document

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You cannot delete certain horizontal lines in your Word document.


This problem may occur if both of the following conditions are true:
  • The line was created by typing a series of 3 or more characters and then pressing ENTER. The characters include the hyphen (-), underscore (_), equal sign (=), asterisk (*), tilde (~), and number sign (#).

  • The AutoFormat As You Type feature in Word is configured to automatically format borders.
As a result, when you type a series of 3 or more of these characters, and then press ENTER, Word automatically changes the characters that you typed to a line (that is, a border).


To delete the line, follow these steps:
  1. Click at the beginning of the line.
  2. On the Format menu, click Borders and Shading, and then click the Borders tab.
  3. Under Settings, click None, and then click OK.


By default, the option to automatically format borders is turned on. You can turn off this option or other AutoFormat options that you do not want. For additional information about how to turn off AutoFormat features, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
212339 HOW TO: Turn Off Word AutoFormat Features in Word 2000


Article ID: 328168 - Last Review: January 6, 2006 - Revision: 1.1
  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition
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