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Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Vertical Lines in Word.
For some documents you may have a need to insert vertical lines. There are actually three or four different ways you can do this in Word. The actual method you choose depends on your document needs and which appeals to you the most. The first method involves drawing a line:
The second method involves using bar tab stops. You can see how these appear by following these steps:
Figure 1. The Tabs dialog box.
If you have multiple columns in your document and you want vertical lines between the columns, you can follow these steps:
Figure 2. The Columns dialog box.
The final way to create vertical lines is to use tables. While this may seem a bit convoluted, it will work great for small sections of text. To use this method, follow these general steps:
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (9503) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Vertical Lines in Word.
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