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How to add and remove horizontal line in Outlook?

Sometimes you may want to insert horizontal lines to separate sections, especially for a long email message. Horizontal line is a cute feature to make the message content look clear and neat. This article will introduce you some tricks to add horizontal lines in email message with ease, and remove horizontal lines as well.

Add a plain horizontal line in Email message

Add a rich-style horizontal line in Email message

Remove plain/rich-style horizontal lines in Email message

Add and remove a graphic horizontal line in Email message

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arrow blue right bubbleAdd a plain horizontal line in Email message

The easiest way to insert a horizontal line is keyboard shortcuts of Hyphens key and Enter key.

First of all, place the cursor at the position where you will add a horizontal line, and then press the hyphens key (-) three times, and then press the Enter key, at last you will get a plain horizontal line in the email message.


arrow blue right bubbleAdd a rich-style horizontal line in Email message

The following steps will guide you to insert a rich-style horizontal line in an Email message.

Step 1: Click the Table button in the Paragraph group under the Format Text tab, and then click the Borders and Shading item in the drop down list.

Step 2: In the Borders and Shading dialog box, select line styles, configure the line color and line width under the Borders tab based on your needs, and click OK button to finish configuring.

Note: After you configuring, it will insert a blank one-cell table in the message, just delete it.

Step 3: Place the cursor at the position which you will insert a horizontal line at.

Step 4: Click the Table button in the Paragraph group again, and then click the Bottom Border item in the drop down list.

Now a rich-style horizontal line is inserted in your message at a glance.


arrow blue right bubbleRemove plain/rich-style horizontal lines in Email message

The following steps will help you remove the plain or rich-style horizontal lines in the Email message.

Step 1: Place the cursor above the horizontal line that you will remove as the below screenshot shows.

Step 2: Click the Table button in the Paragraph group under the Format Text tab.

Step 3: Click the No Border item in the drop down menu.

Then the horizental line is removed immediately.


arrow blue right bubbleAdd and remove a graphic horizontal line in Email message

There is another kind of horizontal line you can insert in Email message: graphic horizontal line.

Step 1: Place the cursor at the position where you will insert a graphic horizontal line.

Step 2: Click the Table button in the Paragraph group under the Format Text tab.

Step 3: Click the Horizontal Line item in the drop down list.

Then a graphic horizontal line is added at the place you assign in the Step 1.

To remove this kind of graphic horizontal lines, just select the horizontal lines, and press the Delete key.


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