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Typed several dashes between paragraphs - were replaced by a horizontal bar that won't go away. [closed]

asked 2021-01-17 02:48:24 +0200

Roadrunner53 gravatar image

updated 2021-06-12 16:59:21 +0200

Alex Kemp gravatar image

In Writer, I typed several dashes between paragraphs in several places to separate ideas. When I hit Return, the dashes were replaced by a horizontal bar that spans the width of the page. I accidentally saved document with the horizontal bars in it. Now the horizontal bars won't go away. I have tried to manually delete them, to no avail. How do I remove them?

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If you want to disable this feature: Uncheck Tools -> AutoCorrect -> AutoCorrect Options...-> Tab: Options -> Option: [ ] Apply border

Opaque gravatar imageOpaque ( 2021-01-17 11:32:55 +0200 )edit

Thank you for your input. I can use this going forward.

Roadrunner53 gravatar imageRoadrunner53 ( 2021-01-18 19:49:38 +0200 )edit

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answered 2021-01-17 07:56:00 +0200

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When you type a sequence of dashes (or equal signs) followed by Enter, a border below is added (as direct formatting) to the preceding paragraph.

If this paragraph contains text, @ebot's procedure causes loss of this text because it deletes the paragraph.

You have two solutions:

  • existing lines, with cursor in the paragraph

    • either Format>Paragraph, Borders tab and modify the border properties
    • or Format>Clear Direct Formatting (Ctrl+M) to remove completely this border
  • newly typed dash sequences: immediately after Enter, when Writer applies the transformation, press Ctrl+Z to undo it

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Thank you!

Roadrunner53 gravatar imageRoadrunner53 ( 2021-01-18 19:51:26 +0200 )edit
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answered 2021-01-17 07:07:07 +0200

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The line is triggered by the autocorrection.

Create blank lines above and below the line. Mark at least one blank line above and one blank line below together with the line. Press the Delete key.

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