I entered three asterisks and then pressed the Enter key Word issue

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I am using MS Word 2000. I came upon a problem when I entered three asterisks and then pressed the Enter key. An odd dotted line then shows up in the document and I cannot delete it. How could this happen?

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Answered By 0 points N/A #114962

I entered three asterisks and then pressed the Enter key Word issue

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It is simple to solve that problem. All you will need to do is the following:

  • The shortcut for entering the dotted line in ms word is entering the asterisks and then pressing enter on the keyboard. But if your intention was not to have the dotted line but use the asterisks, you will can reverse back to the asterisks and continue using them.
  • All you will need to do is press control + z key combination on your keyboard and you will have your asterisks back. That should be immediately after you get the dotted line, for pressing control+z will be undoing the action of converting the asterisks into a dotted line.

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I entered three asterisks and then pressed the Enter key Word issue

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That odd dotted line you see after entering three asterisks (***) and then hitting Enter is called the “border line”. This line appears because of the “AutoFormat As You Type” feature in Microsoft Office Word.

In Microsoft Office Word, by default, when you type three or more hyphens (-), underscore characters (_), equal signs (=), asterisks (*), tildes (~), or hash symbols (#) and press Enter, Microsoft Office Word will automatically apply a thin, thick, double, broken, zigzag, or thick-and-thin border to the bottom of the previous paragraph.

Border lines in Microsoft Office Word
Border lines in Microsoft Office Word

If this annoys you, you can disable this option. In Microsoft Office Word, click on the Office button and select “Word Options”. Select “Proofing” on the left pane then click “AutoCorrect Options” on the right.

Microsoft Office Word AutoCorrect Options
Microsoft Office Word AutoCorrect Options

On the next screen, go to “AutoFormat As You Type” tab then under “Apply as you type” section, uncheck “Border lines” and click “OK”.

Microsoft Office Word disable border lines
Microsoft Office Word disable border lines

This should now disable the border line feature in Microsoft Office Word.

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