Microsoft Word makes it easy to add a dotted line to your documents as a separator, and there are several ways to do this. In this guide, we’ll show you how.
How to make a dotted line with a shortcut
An easy way to create a dotted line in a Word document is to use a shortcut that you can type in your document, which Word will then automatically convert into different types of dotted lines.
To use a line shortcut, first open your document with Microsoft Word. Then place your cursor where you want to add a dotted line in your document.
Type the asterisk (“*”) three times in your document.
Now hit Enter and Word will automatically convert your asterisks to a dotted line.
In addition to asterisks, you can also use the following characters for other dotted line styles:
- three dashes (“-“)
- three equal signs (“===”)
- three underscores (“___”)
- three hashes (“###”)
- three tildes (“~~~”)
Feel free to experiment with this and see which one you like best. You can also undo any line you create by pressing Ctrl + Z on Windows or Command + Z on Mac.
And if these automatic horizontal lines ever get on your nerves, you can turn them off completely in Word’s AutoCorrect options.
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How to add a dotted line from a shape preset
Microsoft Word offers presets for many shapes, including dotted lines, in many styles. To access these presets, first open your document in Microsoft Word.
Click on ‘Insert’ in the main menu and then click on ‘Shapes’. From the pop-up menu that appears, choose the first line style in the “Lines” section.
Use your mouse to draw a line in your document. It can be any length you want. Next, make sure your new line is selected (by clicking it once) and select “Shape Format” from the menu at the top of the Word window.
On the Shape Format tab, under the “Shape Styles” section, click the More icon, which looks like a carat pointing down with a horizontal line above it.
Under the More menu, choose a dotted line style from the “Presets” list. Once you click on it, the style will be applied to the line you just drew and selected in the document.
And that’s it! If you change your mind, don’t be afraid to undo your changes with Ctrl + Z (Windows) or Command + Z (Mac). Have fun drawing!