Tuesday Tip: Where Did These Lines Come From?

by Alisa Michael

tt 11-5Those that know me best know that I am a professional shopper. Black Friday is just around the corner and I will be one of those people standing in the long lines that make the day special. However, those are not the lines to which I am referring in this Tuesday Tip.

Have you ever been editing someone else’s document and come across lines that you cannot delete or cut to remove? Frustrating, right?  Especially when a legal court deadline looms. In Word, most likely these lines are associated with paragraph borders and are connected to the paragraph before the line.

To remove this line follow the steps below:

For Word 2007 and forward, at the Home tab, find the Paragraph settings along the top editing toolbar.  The Borders button is in the bottom right corner. Click on the arrow next to it and select No Border.

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Another quick fix for this in any version of Word – while in the paragraph press Ctrl+Q.  This resets all paragraph formatting for the specific paragraph.  Warning: Do not use this feature if there are other paragraph formats in the paragraph. (Note:  For other great keyboard shortcuts, check out Richard’s or Tony’s tips.)

This Border feature is also available in Excel.  You would use the same icon at the top of your screen but it is a little further to the left, in the Fonts section.  Using lines (or removing them) comes in very handy in legal documents as well as financial spreadsheets.


Alisa MichaelAlisa Michael

With over 15 years’ experience in the legal arena as well as client management, Alisa brings her experience to Network 1’s team, clients and partners.  She strives to be proactive in managing clients’ needs and expectations with an outcome of client satisfaction and retention.

amichael@network1consulting.com or 404.997.7637


Network 1 Consulting is a 15-year-old, IT Support company in Atlanta, GA.  We become – or augment – the IT department for professional services companies: law firms, medical practices and financial services firms.  Our IT experts can fix computers – but what our clients really value are the industry-specific best practices we bring to their firms.  This is especially important with technology, along with regulations and cyber threats, changing so rapidly.  We take a proactive approach to helping our clients use technology to gain and keep their competitive advantage.


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Tony Rushin: In his role as VP of sales & marketing, he is responsible for hiring, managing and coaching the sales team and always staying on top of (and meeting) the needs of clients. Under his leadership, the company has steadily grown each year.

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