How to draw red horizontal lines in Word 2011

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  1. peterpan123 macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2014
    Hello, I have been given a Word file with a table. I need to add red horizontal lines across a table. From the net, I learned two ways:

    1. Press --- and hit return. It works but the horizontal line does not cross the vertical lines of the table. I also cannot change the color from black to red.

    2. Use the horizontal clip art. I can draw a line across the table but it has shadow and in black. I cannot change its features.

    Could you please let me know how to draw red horizontal line across a table? Thanks.
  2. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Perhaps if you put Word in publishing mode it will allow you to draw a red horizontal line. I have not tried this so don't know if it will work.
  3. peterpan123 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2014
  4. highlystrange macrumors member


    Aug 30, 2015
    ÜT: 42.710806,-71.447929
    After drawing your table, go to Insert > Shape > Line. Click on the line to position it, and to make it as long as you need. Right click on the line to bring up the format menu, to change the color. Note: This is for the latest version of Word, but I believe it should work for earlier versions. If not let me know.
  5. CreatorCode macrumors regular


    Apr 15, 2015
    Click on the Tables (not Table Layout) tab in the toolbar
    Under "Table Styles," click on the small down-pointing arrow next to the "Lines" (pencil icon) tool under Table Styles. You should see a color palette when clicking the arrow where you can pick red. Once you do, your mouse pointer should change to a pencil; draw across the table to add red borders.

    This will only work if these are honest-to-goodness Word tables, not embedded pictures or other objects.
  6. peterpan123 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2014

    Thanks. Do you mean pencil with a thick horizontal line? It is dimmed.
  7. peterpan123 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2014
    Thanks. After I right clicked on the line, I could not find a format menu. Please advice. I am using ver 14.5.7 Mac 2011.

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