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How to insert vertical lines in Outlook?

It is definitely easy to separate message contents with horizontal lines or vertical lines in Microsoft Outlook. You can insert horizontal lines quickly with the Border > Horizontal line feature. But how about vertical lines? Actually there are also a couple of tricks to insert vertical lines in your email messages easily.

Insert vertical lines with Line shape in Outlook

Insert vertical lines with table in Outlook

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arrow blue right bubbleInsert vertical lines with Line shape in Outlook

The Shapes feature can help you draw a vertical line in your email messages easily. And you can do it as following:
Step 1: Create a new email message:

  • In Outlook 2007, click the File > New > Mail Message.
  • In Outlook 2010 and 2013, please click the New Email button in the New group on the Home tab.

Step 2: Click the Shapes > Line in the Illustration group on the Insert tab.

Step 3: Now the cursor change to a cross , please click and drag to draw a vertical line with holding down the Shift key at the same time.

Then it draws a vertical line in your email messages at once. See the following screen shot:


arrow blue right bubbleInsert vertical lines with table in Outlook

There is another trick to insert vertical line with the Table feature.

Step 1: Insert a 1x1 Table with clicking the Table button in the Table group on the Insert Tab.

Step 2: Select this 1x1 Table, and change its width and height according to your needs.

Step 3: Go to the Paragraph group on the Format Text tab, and remove the bottom/top/left borders of this table with clicking the Border button > Bottom Border/ Top Border/ Left Border.

Then it keeps only the right border of this 1x1 Table, which looks like a vertical line in your email message.


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    Stan McGinnis · 4 years ago
    Hi! I am trying to simply insert a vertical line or lines in the signature area of my emails/letters (ex. Stan McGinnis {VERT LINE}
    Title {VERT LINE}, Comp Name {VERT LINE}, Address {VERT LINES}, phone number/fax {VERT LINES}. Can you PLEASE help me? I have tried everything and there is no help section. I tried Google, as well as You Tube for assistance, but to no avail. This should be one of the easiest things to do in Microsoft, but it isn't!

    Please Help!

    Thank You,
    Stan McGinnis
    stanbrock614@gmail.com

    P.S. Here at the office, I have Microsoft Office 2010 and at home, I have Office 2013
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      betty · 2 years ago
      Did you get an answer that makes sense