# Can I insert a ruled line in Writer? [closed]

Is there any way to insert a ruled line (as opposed to a repeated underline) in Writer?

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### Closed for the following reason the question is answered, right answer was accepted by sarasdad close date 2018-02-24 10:01:34.698751

The answer appears to be that there is no ruled line capability in LO. Thanks to those who replied.

( 2018-02-24 09:56:58 +0200 )edit

You didn't mention your purpose. If you want a continuous leader line between a word and another one inside a paragraph, define a tab stop with "fill character". A dot gives the usual leader line, underscore are used without spacing => continuous line. Any character can be used as "fill".

( 2018-02-24 13:02:53 +0200 )edit

As it turns out, there is a way to do this. Under LO writer help, look for "drawing lines in text". The directions are quite clear.

( 2018-02-24 21:21:01 +0200 )edit

Caveat! If you insert graphic lines (i.e. not borders around a paragraph), they will be anchored usually to page and won't follow text edition. This is why the "border" method or built-in Horizontal Line paragraph style is preferable.

( 2018-02-24 21:39:03 +0200 )edit

( 2018-02-25 00:37:22 +0200 )edit

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To insert a ruled line in your Writer document, you could just type three or more minus ( "-" ) characters and then press ENTER.

For a thick line, type three or more underscore characters ( "_" ) and then press ENTER.

NB. To remove these ruled lines again, place the cursor before the line and press CTRL+M.

HTH, lib

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@librebel's answer is based on AutoCorrect and may depend on locale (e.g. 3-underscore does work in my locale). Moreover it may be disabled.

Basically, there is no such object as a ruled line in LO. The workaround offered by the 3-hyphen entry is to modify the Borders property of the paragraph (which must contain only the 3+ hyphens). You can mimic this method and apply it to any paragraph, controlling yourself line thickness, position, color, etc. from the Borders tab in the paragraph style definition dialog.

Eventually, create a specific paragraph style (intended to be used empty) for the purpose of ruled line with specific spacing above/below and left/right margins.

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