Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 18
Lines and Shading
In This Chapter
Understanding lines, borders, and colors
Using the Border command button
Working with the Borders and Shading dialog box
Drawing a horizontal line
Drawing lines around your text
Putting a border around a page
Removing borders and lines
Coloring the background
The days of whacking the hyphen, equal sign, or underline key to decorate your text are long over. It’s
sad, too, because I knew quite a few people who were adept at using the computer keyboard’s more
interesting symbol keys to draw boxes and lines and even graphics within their text. I can understand
the need, but what I don’t understand is why people don’t simply use the borders, lines, and shading
commands in Word, which are so cleverly discussed in this very chapter.
The Basics of Lines and Shading
Two command buttons found in the Home tab’s Paragraph group handle lines and colors in Word.
That’s the easy part. The difficult part is remembering that a line is known as a border in Word.
Furthermore, background colors are known as shading. Keep these two concepts in your head, and
you’re well on your way to drawing all sorts of lines in, on, around, above, and over your text, as well
as to coloring the background of that text.
A line is a border in Word.
An exception to the line-is-a-border concept is the Horizontal Line, a special border that’s
applied between paragraphs. See the later section, “Drawing a fat, thick line.”
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