How to Remove Unwanted Lines From a Word Document


Though one of the most-used word processors in the world, Microsoft Word is not free of software glitches. Formatting errors in Word often occur when you copy and paste from an unsupported file type or online document. Unsightly lines and incorrect spacing may appear in your document, and they can be challenging to delete. However, if you remove the formatting from the document containing the unwanted lines, you can eliminate the lines and add your own formatting style.

  • Use the keyboard shortcut "Ctrl + A" to select all the text in a document. Use "Ctrl + X" to cut the text. This should remove the text and lines.

  • Click"Start," "All Programs," "Accessories."

  • Double-click "Notepad" from the Accessories menu. Notepad is a plain text editor that does not allow lines, graphics or special formatting. Use the shortcut "Ctrl + V" to paste the text into the Notepad window. All formatting is removed.

  • Highlight all the text and use "Ctrl + C" to copy. Paste it back into your Word document using the Paste icon or the shortcut "Ctrl + V." All formatting, including unwanted lines, is removed from your document.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the line does not erase when you cut all text from your document in Step 1, start a new document and paste the text into the new document when you reach Step 4.

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