How to add and remove horizontal lines between sections of the document

Word proposes very simple way to add horizontal lines to a document, but if you would like to remove these lines this wouldn't be so obvious.

Enter three or more special characters on a new line and then press Enter, Word automatically expands these characters to a line. A style of this line depends on the characters:

Lines in Word 2016
  • Three or more "*" - dotted line
  • Three or more "=" - double line
  • Three or more "~" - wavy line
  • Three or more "#" - thick decorative line
  • Three or more "-" or "_" - thick single line

These lines often used in Word documents, but you can simply remove them, if you understand: this is not a line - this is a paragraph border (for more details see How to use paragraph borders and shading).

And you can turn on/off AutoReplace of these symbols to lines. Do one of the following:

  • Then Word makes an AutoReplace, it shows the AutoCorrect Options button. You can click in it and choose Stop Automatically Creating Border Lines:
    Stop AutoCorrect Word 2016
  • Do the following:

    1.    On the File tab, click the Options button:

Word 2016 options

    2.    In the Word Options dialog box, on the Proofing tab, under AutoCorrect options, click the AutoCorrect Options... button:

Proofing in Word 2016

    3.    In the AutoCorrect dialog box, on the AutoFormat As You Type tab, in the Apply as you type group, check or uncheck Border lines to turn on or off this option:

AutoCorrect Word 2016