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How to create empty lines in forms with Microsoft Word

Maybe you have to send someone a form to fill out by hand. Hopefully empty lines in a Microsoft Word document are easy to create. And to be honest, they are! But the method to do it may not be so obvious.

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Create empty lines in 1 minute

The Tab Method It is one of the fastest ways to create a blank line for a form. This method uses tab stops in a document to extend your blank line to the exact point where you want it to end.

Write the first tag for the text input for your form. For example:Name . Separate it from the information that will go on the blank line with a colon, hyphen, or any other character. Then press the space bar to insert a space before the blank line begins.

Go to the Ribbon> Home> Paragraph Group on the toolbar. Click the down arrow to open the paragraph settings dialog. Click on the Tabs button at the bottom of the dialog.

In the Tabs dialog, click Clear All .

Below Tab position , type a number that corresponds to the number of inches you want the line to extend from the left margin. For example, if you want the line to extend 5 inches from the left margin, type 5".

Also, select Right For the Alignment of eyelashes , and choose 3 as the Leader to get a dashed line. What is a leader? Microsoft Word uses dots, dashes, or solid lines as leaders. The leader style is denoted next to the numbers.

To finish the configuration, click Set and then OK to return to the document.

Place the cursor where you want to start the blank line. press the Tab on the keyboard, and a dotted line will be drawn on the page, the insertion point to the point where you set the right tab.

Press Enter and type the label for the second field entry (eg. Address: ). Again, press Tab to insert the second blank dotted line. Repeat the process for all the fields you want to display on your form. Thanks to the use of tabs, you can perfectly align all the blank lines before sending the document to the printer.

Where do you apply leader tabs in a Word document? Maybe you use it in forms or even in a table of contents. Tell us your favorite formatting trick.