Word Tip – Use Hyphens to Auto-create Lines
It’s July, the weather is miserable, we need something to lift our spirits, so bring on the ‘Keep it Simple’ tip!
This month it is a Word tip showing how to quickly create lines using hyphens!
You can view the video or follow the step-by-step shown underneath.
Enjoy and remember: Keep it Simple!
Today, we’re looking at Word!
Many people visually section off part of a document by putting in a line. There is shortcut to do this – which is to use 3 hyphens.
- I’ll click after the second paragraph and press Enter to position the cursor where I want the line to be.
- I’ll type in 3 hyphens using the SHIFT + Hyphen keys.
- When I press Enter – the line will appear.
- If that’s what I want, then it’s done!
But if I’d rather keep the 3 hyphens, then you might notice that a Smart Tag has also appeared.
- If I click on the Smart Tag you will see I have a number of choices.
- Particularly note the choice called ‘Stop Automatically Creating Border Lines‘.
- You can click on this if you regularly want to use 3 or more hyphens and find this shortcut annoying.
- However, I’m just going to click on ‘Undo Border Line‘ – and I get my 3 hyphens back.
NOTE: You can also click on the UNDO button or press CTRL + Z on the keyboard.
Then, there is a quicker way to undo the line, which I’ll show you next!
- I’ll pretend I’m going to sign off a letter and click at the end of the document, pressing Enter a few times.
- Then I’ll hold down the SHIFT key and the hyphen button to create the longer amount of hyphens I need for a signature.
- When I press Enter, not only do I get a line – but it is a Bold line!
- No problem, I just press the BACKSPACE key once – and it reverts back!
Thank you for watching and I’ll be back with another useful ‘Keep it Simple‘ tip – next month!