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[Solved] word 2010 - space above horizontal line

teetee1 1,973 918 March 27, 2012 at 09:52 AM
In word 2010, "Home" -> drop-down menu from "Border and Shading" icon -> "Horizontal line" gives me this:

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I'd like to remove the space above and below the horizontal line. Both text paragraph have line spacing of single line. I've searched several office forum but couldn't find the solution on this.

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Is the horizontal line border ON the same line with the word Skills? Do it on that line with Skills, not the line below it.
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Try setting it back to 2003 spacing....

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/25...2007-2010/
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Highlight Skills and the line and right click. Go to Paragraph. Under the Indents and Spacing tab uncheck the box for Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style.
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Quote from MajorDarkside View Post :
Is the horizontal line border ON the same line with the word Skills? Do it on that line with Skills, not the line below it.
When I created that horizontal line, the cursor was right behind the word "SKILLS" (ex. SKILLS_ ) and that's what I got, with extra space between the word and the line. I also verified that there is no empty line between the word and the line.
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Quote from menace33 View Post :
Highlight Skills and the line and right click. Go to Paragraph. Under the Indents and Spacing tab uncheck the box for Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style.
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Try setting it back to 2003 spacing....

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/25...2007-2010/
Thanks for the style setting tip. I changed the styleset back to word 2003 by "Home"->"Change Styles"->"Style set"->"Word 2003" as well as checking Word 2003 line spacing settings and apply to the whole document but it didn't remove the extra space above the line.

My current (and default) line spacing setting:
Before: 0 pt
After: 0 pt
Line spacing: Single
At: (no value)
The following two boxes are checked:
1. Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style
2. Snap to grid when document grid is defined

I also noticed (it might be a bug or only on my computer) that when I set the line spacing from "single" to "exactly" and give "1 pt" to the "At:" value, the whole document shrunk to
something I couldn't read - doesn't line spacing only define the space between lines instead of the font size?
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I don't have 2010 on this particular computer, but in Word 2002 that setting is under Format>Borders and Shading and on the Borders tab in that there is an Options button and I can add spacing after it or above it like you have pictured. This is separate from text/paragraph spacing. Must be an equivilent setting in 2010.
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I don't have 2010 on this particular computer, but in Word 2002 that setting is under Format>Borders and Shading and on the Borders tab in that there is an Options button and I can add spacing after it or above it like you have pictured. This is separate from text/paragraph spacing. Must be an equivilent setting in 2010.
Under Borders and Shading, I see the "Options" button and when I clicked into it, I see "Top", "Bottom", "Left", "Right" under "From Text" section like the margin setting. The thing is my Top and Bottom values are both 1 pt. I did not noticed any effect after I change the value to 0 pt.

I was able to produce what I want by drawing the line by "Insert" -> "Shapes" -> Choose the line from the drop-down menu and hold shift key while drawing it. Though having to align multiple lines manually makes it more complicated, even with the help from the gridline, at least I can get the desirable layout done.
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Click before the line then do Backspace and then Shift + Enter.

That work?
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Click before the line then do Backspace and then Shift + Enter.

That work?
Unfortunately it doesn't. I did notice the horizontal line's vertical "position" is lower than dash but higher than underline mark. That's probably why I see more space above the line than the space below the line.

Anyway the line drawing works for me. I will probably come back when I need something like page border but not for title line.
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Quote from teetee1 View Post :
I also noticed (it might be a bug or only on my computer) that when I set the line spacing from "single" to "exactly" and give "1 pt" to the "At:" value, the whole document shrunk to
something I couldn't read - doesn't line spacing only define the space between lines instead of the font size?
I don't have Word on this machine, but IIRC its definition of line spacing is the vertical distance from the baseline of one line to the next. So you told it to put all the lines on top of each other, offset by a tiny amount.

Regarding the horizontal line: what Word is doing is the "right thing" in general. I gather this is a resume where space is at a premium. Get rid of the horizontal line, and instead put a border on the bottom side of the heading. This should save some space while still looking decent.
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I don't have Word on this machine, but IIRC its definition of line spacing is the vertical distance from the baseline of one line to the next. So you told it to put all the lines on top of each other, offset by a tiny amount.

Regarding the horizontal line: what Word is doing is the "right thing" in general. I gather this is a resume where space is at a premium. Get rid of the horizontal line, and instead put a border on the bottom side of the heading. This should save some space while still looking decent.
That's it! Great suggestions. Thanks!
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Make sure you don't add office skills on that resume Wink
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Make sure you don't add office skills on that resume Wink
Ouch that hurts. I appreciate your unhelpful humorous-wannabe comment but you probably need to learn a skill called "know when to keep you mouth shut"!
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Ouch that hurts. I appreciate your unhelpful humorous-wannabe comment but you probably need to learn a skill called "know when to keep you mouth shut"!
Ouch learn how to take a joke and not get all pissy pants. laugh out loud
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