How to Add a Colored Line in Microsoft Word


Microsoft Word does not have all the tools found in dedicated image editing programs, but you can use Word to add professional graphics to your documents. Use Word's drawing tools to draw rectangles, create flowcharts and add lines to your projects. After inserting a graphic image such as a line into a document, you can change its font weight and even the line's color with just a few mouse clicks.

Add a Line

  • Open Microsoft Word. A new document appears.

  • Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the user interface. Buttons such as "Picture" and "Shapes" will appear below the tab.

  • Click the drop-down arrow below the "Shapes" button to view a list of shape categories.

  • Click one of the lines in the "Lines" category to select it. Click anywhere inside the Word document, hold down your left mouse button and drag your cursor to create a line.

Color the Line

  • Click the line to select it. Word will add a handle to each end of the line. A "Drawing Tools" tab will also appear at the top of the user interface on Word's ribbon. Buttons such as "Shape Effects" and "Shape Outline" appear below this tab.

  • Click the drop-down arrow next to "Shape Outline" to display a list of categories. These categories include "Theme Colors" and "Standard Colors." Colored squares appear below each category.

  • Click one of the colored squares. Word applies that color to your line.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also change a line's weight. For instance, you may find that a bolder line works better in your document. To change a line's weight, select the line, return to the list of categories in the "Shape Outline" drop-down menu and click "Weight." A menu containing font weights appears. Click one of the weights to apply it to your line.


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