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Old 12-18-05, 07:05 AM
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Microsoft Word: this is ridiculous!

I held in the "-" key and all of the sudden a huge long line appeared across the page and I CANNOT seem to get it removed! My paper is due for tomorrow, and I desperately need to get rid of it.

I can't even highlight it:



nor even "push" it off the page. It's on page 11, and it WILL not move or be deleted...what do I do??
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Old 12-18-05, 07:12 AM
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Try highlighting it with a mouse-drag (holding the left mouse button). Once highlighted just do a Cut but don't re-paste it anywhere. That's one way I've found on items that Word won't let me remove via a delete.
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I can't highlight it...
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Old 12-18-05, 07:18 AM
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click on the line below it
and hit delete until its gone
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Old 12-18-05, 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by twikoff
click on the line below it
and hit delete until its gone
Doesn't work "Delete" only works when you highlight something. The backspace deletes things backwards when held down, delete does not..

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Old 12-18-05, 07:53 AM
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just CTRL-Z it til its gone.
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Old 12-18-05, 08:08 AM
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You might try turning on the Show Formatting option (the paragraph symbol on the toolbar).

I'd be happy to try and remove it if you want to email it to me.

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Old 12-18-05, 08:17 AM
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Sure> too late...

Nef> you got mail
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Old 12-18-05, 10:49 AM
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Highlight the space above and below the line (i.e., position cursor above the line, hold down the shift key and hit the down arrow button once). Then click on the remove border icon or go to Format - Borders and Shading - "None" button under Setting.

Next time your shift "-" line autoformats to a border, just hit shift "z" before doing any other typing...
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Old 12-18-05, 10:50 AM
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oops... meant hit the down arrow key twice to highlight the area...
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Old 12-18-05, 12:55 PM
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Select from like 2 lines above that to 2 lines below that (to ensure you include the line). Then click Format -> Borders and Shading. Click on None. Click Ok. The line is gone.
  • The line that is created by holding the "-" key is a paragraph border, not a graphical line, so you need to remove it by clearing all of the borders.
  • Alternative, you can click on the button as show below instead of going through the Format menu:

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Old 12-18-05, 07:54 PM
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Can you not just push Undo?
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Old 12-19-05, 03:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Joe Molotov
Can you not just push Undo?
That was the control-z recommendation from earlier, he said he is beyond that.
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Old 12-19-05, 09:01 AM
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Old 12-19-05, 09:42 AM
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What about starting a new document, cutting and pasting the text above the line and then cutting and pasting the text below the line?
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I think doing your paper in a foerign language is a bigger problem than the line.
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interesting footnote
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Old 12-19-05, 02:53 PM
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just copy and paste the body text into a new document
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although copy and pasting is a good solution to the problem, i can feel the OP's frustration, especially when word or outlook decides to format a document in a specific way and it takes unneccessary effort to fix it. [rant]the solution to the problem should not require creating a whole new document or solving the obscure vagaries of word's formatting[/rant].
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Old 12-19-05, 03:13 PM
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Copy and paste of any sort could be tricky since there are footnotes (and who knows what else) involved. Plus if you copy/paste all the text, the line will paste as well since it is embedded into the paragraph (it's a paragraph border).

Besides, it's EASY to remove the line from the paragraph (see my previous post).
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